Registration letters postmarked after Dec. 31, 2008 will
not get a reply unless a donation is included. Here is why;
- Four drawer filing cabinets are $205.00 each here. Each
drawer of a filing cabinet holds an average of 180 files,
so that breaks down to 28 cents per car.
- A box of 25 file folders is $4.75 here. That translates
to 19 cents per car.
- Most car owners that register are in the US, but some
are in Canada and others are overseas. Every car that
is registered gets it's own file folder and the owner
of the car got a letter in return. Figuring postage for
the US, Canada and overseas, it is currently 42 cents
to just under $3.00 to mail a return registry letter.
Most of you are in the US, so I will estimate a 55 cent
- Each sheet of paper is about a penny each here.
- Ink is quite expensive. I go through about $180.00 of
ink a month. If 100 folks register a month ( it varies
quite a bit ) that comes to $1.80 per car just for the
So, per car on average, we now have 28 cents + 19 cents
+ 55 cents + 1 cent + $1.80 = $2.83 per car as an out of
pocket expense. Not bad, $2.83 is nothing in the big scheme
Until you realize that (as of 12-31-2008 ) 9844 cars have
been registered. Take that number and multiply it by $ 2.83
and you get $27,858.52 ! On top of that, I now have over
6000 original items waiting to be claimed here, they all
get their own file as well. Where does most of that money
come from? Out of my pocket. I do occasionally get donations,
but they barely put a dent in my overall costs of keeping
the registries going.
So, from now on I will only reply to your registry letter
- I have or know of something that matches your car.
- If you include a donation to help cover my costs.
Recommended donations based on where you are, due to postage;
- Inside the US - $2.83
- From Canada - $3.83
- From overseas - $5.83
Registrations received without a donation will have the
information entered into the database & I will only
contact you if & when something surfaces that matches
Thank you for taking the time to read this & for your