5 Ways to Write off Your Car Expenses

Cars are one of the most expensive items to own, both in terms of the initial investment we make in them and in the cost of ongoing maintenance.

Fortunately, there are valid ways to offset these expenses with tax deductions. You might qualify for one or more of these options for personal, small business, self-employed or business deductions. (If you’re not taking advantage of these deductions, you could be missing out on tax savings, start planning for next year!)

1. Charitable Contributions
If your old car isn’t going to make it much longer, and the cost of repair isn’t worth the investment, consider donating it to charity rather than trying to make a little money selling it used. You’ll save the hassle of putting up an ad and dealing with potential buyers who want to talk you down from your price. And if you know your car isn’t worth a whole lot, you may be better off donating it, which will give you a deduction for the market value the car still has. Many charitable organizations will even pick up your donated car for you. This method of tax deduction can apply to personal or business application, just make sure you get an official receipt from the charity, which should include the value of the vehicle you donated.

2. Convert Your Car
Keeping your current car but wanting to reduce emissions? Look into a electric drive conversion kit, which you can hire a professional mechanic to install onto your car. Before you purchase the kit, get a mechanic’s opinion on whether your car is worth converting; in some cases, such as on older cars that don’t have much life left in them, the cost of conversion may be an investment not worth making. But if you have a newer car with a lot of life left in it, converting can save you on fuel daily as well as giving you a nice tax credit, up to $4,000.

3. Deduct Business Use
If you are a freelancer and otherwise self-employed individual, you can deduct the cost of business use, even if it’s on your personal vehicle. This is the best method for those who work under a sole proprietorship rather than as a legal business structure such as a corporation. The key here is to separate business use from personal use, which can be done by using some sort of tracking mechanism like CarCheckup, a small device which plugs into your car for business trips and then uploads mileage information and other data to your computer when you plug it in via USB.

4. Small Business Fleet Deductions
If you’re running a small business, a vehicle used exclusively for business can add to your yearly tax deductions as part of your operating expenses. While the cost of overhauling a business vehicle doesn’t qualify as a deduction the cost of repair can be deducted. Keep clear records of repairs, because just claiming an estimated cost won’t go over well with the IRS.

5. Unreimbursed Business Expenses
If you’re employed by a company and have used your own personal vehicle for business-related purposes, you can claim those expenses on your tax deduction if your company has not reimbursed you. These expenses could include fuel costs and maintenance, and are usually best calculated by using a per-mile cost, which the IRS updates on a regular basis. As with self-employed tax deductions, the key is to keep clear records and differentiate between business use and personal use.

The Bottom Line
Unless you’re using your car exclusively for your business, you can’t deduct the full cost of purchasing, maintaining and repairing it. You can and should, however, deduct what you can. The key, as with almost any issue to do with the IRS, is having clear records to support your claims.


Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame

Our premium Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame is made from real 3K Twill Carbon Fiber. Designed to fit a standard US license plate.

The high quality finish is what really catches your eye but the quality of construction makes the frame incredibly strong and flexible. Weather resistance and easy to install.

Includes retaining clips to hold your plate in place along with vibration damping foam to prevent vibration and noise.

Features of Our Carbon Fiber Frame:

  • Superior Quality: Real Carbon Fiber 3K Twill
  • Weather Resistant: Will not rust or corrode
  • Elegant Modern Design: Improves the look of your vehicle
  • Universal Fit: Fits All US Size License Plates
  • Plate Clips: Pre-installed metal clips to hold plate in place
  • Zero Vibration: Damping Foam insures a snug fit

Available in both matte and gloss finish

Customer Spotlight: Old Skool Obsessionz Car Club

We always like to reach out to members of car clubs to learn more about each club. We work with quite a few car clubs to help promote awareness for them.

Big Thank You to Danny from Old Skool Obsessionz Car Club. He participated in our first Car Club Contest and has been crowned the winner! He won 3 free custom plates and bragging rights for his club.



Stay tuned for our next contest.

Clear Euro License Plate Cover/Shield


Protect your custom European license plate from damage caused by bugs, rocks, and other road debris. Our license plate cover/shield is extremely durable and can easily be wiped clean. Inexpensive enough to replace on a regular basis to keep your plate looking like new.

Features & Benefits:

  • Made from optically clear, durable polycarbonate
  • Installs in 2 minutes into our European mounting frame – no tools required – no drilling
  • Protects against damage from bugs and road debris
  • Fits European license plate 20.5″ inches wide by 4.5″ inches tall (or 520mm x 114mm)
  • Glossy finish for a premium look
  • .5mm (.020in) thickness – thick enough to protect your Euro plate but thin enough to appear invisible
  • Scratch and crack resistant

You can find more information here -> Clear Euro License Plate Cover/Shield


Premier Customer Program

CustomEuropeanPlates.com is excited to announce we’re now offering special rewards and discounts to our very best customers! Our new loyalty program will automatically take 25% off all future orders. Who wants just one custom plate? Get a few to swap out based on your mood. Or get some plates for your favorite holidays. They make a great gift for a friend or family member.

How To Qualify

  • Must have an account through CustomEuropeanPlates.com
  • Need to order at least 4 Plates throughout the year. Only valid on plates over $29.95 Not valid on Clearance Items

That’s it! Once you have ordered 4 plates within the calendar year the loyalty discount is automatically applied to your account and can be used on all future orders till the end of the year.

How It Works

  • Once logged in to your account, the 25% discount will automatically be applied to all items
  • The discount is only valid January 1st – December 31st of the current year
  • Every year the program will restart and you will need to requalify to continue receiving the discount
  • Don’t worry if you never created an account. Once an account is created our system will automatically calculate all previous orders placed throughout the year with the same email address. If you have ordered 4 plates, the discount will be applied to your account for all future orders.

Need An Account? SIGN UP NOW

Unique Ways To Use Your European Plate

Our custom plate builder and specialty characters have inspired our customers to come up with unique plate designs and mounting locations. We are constantly surprised by how creative and clever our customers can be. Our License Plates are not just used on vehicle bumpers, but many customers use them as street signs, wall banners, office desk decorations, warehouse forklift signs, nameplates, and even in wedding pictures. Our plates have become a trendy way to show off your creativity. European plates are very versatile, so get creative and find a new unconventional spot for them.

Here are some examples of customers that used their plate in uncommon ways.

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We love the ideas that people come up with and encourage everyone to take photos and send them to us. If you use a European License plate in an uncommon way, feel free to tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #customeuropeanplates or tag our account @customeuropeanplates

We feature individual’s plate ideas and locations on our Instagram page so if you tag us or email us a picture, you might be featured on our account.

Go get your plates, and get creative!

Ready To Paint Aluminum License Plate

Our Ready To Paint Aluminum License Plate is made from high quality aluminum that we emboss with your custom text. It is bare aluminum making the plates ideal for custom artwork, custom paint, powder coating, hydrographic dipping, anodizing and gold/chrome plating. It looks great ‘as is’ if you are looking for a true raw metal finish. It has a light brushed texture.

paint-your-own-plate-closeupFeatures & Benefits

  • License plate dimensions are 4.4 inches high x 20.5 inches wide
  • Maximum of 10 digits including spaces
  • FREE Universal Mounting Frame
  • Endless Customizable Options
  • Prior to painting it is recommended that you apply a bend in the plate to match your bumper curvature to prevent paint damage on the plate.

Holiday Shipping

Could you ask for a better stocking stuffer? A custom European license plate is the perfect gift for any car enthusiast. Here’s how to determine what shipping options will get your gifts to their destination safely, and on time.  

2015 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Order your custom plate by NOON PST on the dates listed below and we’ll guarantee delivery on or before Christmas (for the continental US only), or your shipping is free.

Standard Shipping: Friday Noon December 18
FedEx 3Day: Monday Noon December 21
FedEx 2Day: Tuesday Noon December 22
FedEx Overnight: Wednesday Noon December 23

Our standard shipping in the US uses the US Postal Service. The map below shows delivery times according to the US Postal Service. While the times are not guaranteed, our experience is that they are typically very accurate. Please note that if you order after 12 Noon PST then your package will ship the following day. The Postal Service does not include the day it is picked up in their calculations so the clock starts the day after.


14 Character Plates

Great news, a brand new Font is now available!  No need to worry about spacing, no more trying to abbreviate your custom Text. You can now fit 13-14 characters on a plate.  

13 & 14 Character

Use the entire alphabet and 18 specialty characters to create a unique personalized plate. Don’t worry, all the classic country and state options are still available. There are currently 12 customizable options at your disposal.

Learn More Now 14 Character Plates


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