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How to Donate Your Car to Charity:

We’ve answered the most common vehicle donor questions below, in our FAQ.

If you have a question that has not been answered here, please contact us at:
(855) 520-2100, or by email at: info@cars2charities.org.

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1. How can I contact you to donate my vehicle?

Simply complete our brief “donate online” form on the right side of this page or call us at (855) 520-2100. If you aren’t sure who you’d like to designate as the proceed recipient, please visit the “Causes” section of our website www.Cars2Charities.org and browse the hundreds of non-profit organizations we proudly work with.

2. What kind of vehicle can I donate to charity?

We accept almost all vehicle donations, including rare, classic and custom vehicles.  Examples include: cars, trucks, SUV’s, RVs, campers, trailers, motorcycles, -- and a surprising number of golf carts.  Boats and jet skis are also very welcome -- as are snowmobiles and ATVs.  We even accept donated buses, commercial vehicles, construction- and heavy-equipment   In fact if it has wheels, we'll probably take it.  Running, or not.

3. I’m ready to donate my vehicle, what is my next step?

We prefer you to have your title/registration, VIN, and details of the condition ready to go as it helps to expedite scheduling a pick up for your car, making it more convenient for you. BUT, if you don’t have it we can still start the donation process. We understand life gets busy, sometimes you may be out of state, or are helping someone else donate their vehicle and may not have all the required information. That’s okay, give us a call and we can get the donation process started!

4. What documents do I need to donate my car?

You provide: The Certificate of Title, or Registration (no lien holders). However, if you don't have it, please contact us anyway.  If you can't locate or have lost the certificate of title, we can obtain it on your behalf.  Call one of our friendly Vehicle Donation Coordinators toll-free at (855) 520-2100.  In most cases, we can complete the easy steps in just 3-5 minutes.

**Disclaimer: If you do not provide us with proper, valid paperwork for your vehicle OR if your vehicle arrives in a worser condition than disclosed (ie. excessive damage from an accident, no keys, rust, infestation, etc.) we will be force to take action. Option 1. We will return your vehicle at your cost to the address we have on file. Option 2. Your vehicle will be junked or considered abandoned and you will be sent a bill for all expenses including towing, storage, etc., and you will not receive a tax deduction. Any unpaid expenses for returned, excessively damaged, or abandoned vehicles will be sent to collections, and your credit may be affected. If you leave personal affects in your vehicle and decide you want them after the vehicle has reached the auction yard, you will be charged for the recovery of those items and for postage. 

5. I called earlier but didn’t have the required information, what do I do now?

On your first call, the Vehicle Donation Coordinator assisting you will immediately create an account for you with a reference, or as we call it, a donation number. We recommend you write that number down so you have it handy and then call us back when you have the paperwork listed in the question above. If you don't have it that is okay too. After you call us back, we will pick-up where we left off and get your donation ready for pick-up!

6. What if I don't have the title / pink slip when I donate a vehicle?

We can almost always pick up your car donation without a vehicle title -- and then obtain the title on your behalf after that as part of our service to you and the non-profit you choose.  Please call one of our friendly Vehicle Donation Coordinators at (855) 520-2100.

**Disclaimer: If you do not provide us with proper, valid paperwork for your vehicle OR if your vehicle arrives in a worser condition than disclosed (ie. excessive damage from an accident, no keys, rust, infestation, etc.) we will be force to take action. Option 1. We will return your vehicle at your cost to the address we have on file. Option 2. Your vehicle will be junked or considered abandoned and you will be sent a bill for all expenses including towing, storage, etc., and you will not receive a tax deduction. Any unpaid expenses for returned, excessively damaged, or abandoned vehicles will be sent to collections, and your credit may be affected. If you leave personal affects in your vehicle and decide you want them after the vehicle has reached the auction yard, you will be charged for the recovery of those items and for postage. 

7. What if the vehicle isn’t registered in my name, or I’ve had a name change?

The vehicle does not have to be registered in your name.  Simply contact one of our friendly Vehicle Donation Coordinators at (855) 520-2100.  We will help you quickly and easily.

**Disclaimer: If you do not provide us with proper, valid paperwork for your vehicle OR if your vehicle arrives in a worser condition than disclosed (ie. excessive damage from an accident, no keys, rust, infestation, etc.) we will be force to take action. Option 1. We will return your vehicle at your cost to the address we have on file. Option 2. Your vehicle will be junked or considered abandoned and you will be sent a bill for all expenses including towing, storage, etc., and you will not receive a tax deduction. Any unpaid expenses for returned, excessively damaged, or abandoned vehicles will be sent to collections, and your credit may be affected. If you leave personal affects in your vehicle and decide you want them after the vehicle has reached the auction yard, you will be charged for the recovery of those items and for postage. 

8. What do I need to know about transferring or signing my title?

In general, when selling or donating a vehicle you must complete the section of the title labeled "assignment of title by owner" tor "transfer of ownership by seller". When signing your title, please print and sign your name as the "Seller" in the same exact way it appears on the face of the title. We will walk you through this over the phone as well.
Please know, although we take care of the release we encourage you to do it on your end as well. This will help prevent any DMV system lag errors. We’ll be glad to talk you through these steps over the phone. Just give us a call at:

9. Can I donate a vehicle that belonged to someone who has passed away?

Yes. Different states require different paperwork. Usually this involves a copy of (1) the death certificate, (2) documentation that you are the official inheritor of the vehicle, and (3) the signed title. Please call us at 855-520-2100 to confirm what is needed in your state.

10. Can I donate an abandoned car?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able accept abandoned cars.  Contact your local municipality regarding removal of abandoned vehicles.

11. Will there be any cost to me?

No.  There are absolutely no costs to you.  For anything.  After determining the resale-ability of your donated vehicle, and in some cases after making some necessary repairs, it heads to auction or private sale. From there the net proceeds (after sale) are paid directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. For more information, please contact us directly and we can schedule a pick-up, or answer any Vehicle Donation Program questions you may have.

12. My car hasn't run in years. Can I still donate it?

Most likely! We accept most vehicles, running or not. During our initial phone conversation, we gather as much information to assess if the vehicle will qualify for one of our premiere resale programs, or weekly charity auctions. In many cases we can add resale value to your donated vehicle, by detail cleaning and making necessary mechanical repairs and bodywork, if needed.

13. How do you determine the value of my donated vehicle?

The value of your vehicle is determined by the exact amount your donation sells for, including instances where we’ve improved it. And if it’s a high value vehicle, we market it to a specialized buyer, which means an even greater tax deduction for you!* In many cases we can increase the value of your vehicle through our one-of-a-kind vehicle donation platform!

In a few cases, a vehicle may have little or no remaining value, but we will do our best in determining if it qualifies for our auction program and if it does, we will accept it – at no cost to you! In addition, we highly recommend you also thoroughly read the following two IRS publication articles:

  1. Publication 4303, “Determining the Value of your Car”
  2. Publication 561, Regarding “Fair Market Value” (FMV)
  3. Publication 526, "Charitable Contributions"

*Disclaimer: Although we do our absolute best to increase the value of your donation, we make no guarantees that we will be able to do so. Accessibility to specialized buyers is not available to all donations. Eligibility is based on the vehicle's location, year, make, and model. Due to the constantly changing market of auto sales, year, make, model, condition, location, along with other factors out of our control, your vehicle may not qualify for repairs or improvement and may sell below auto guide estimates. We recommend that donor expectations reflect IRS regulations and policy. Per IRS guidelines, deductions are only allowed for the fair market value of the vehicle, which in most cases is less than Kelly Blue Book value. Please also be aware that in some cases, a vehicle will have little to no value and you will be granted a minimum deduction of $500. 


14. Is my car donation tax deductible?

Yes, the deductibility can be applied in the year it was contributed. Giving to a charity is an amazing gesture, and being able to write-off the donation is a definite bonus! For every car donation, you deduct $500 or more.

In addition, we highly recommend you also thoroughly read the following two IRS publication articles:

  1. Publication 4303, “Determining the Value of your Car”
  2. Publication p561, Regarding “Fair Market Value” (FMV)

15. Can you pick up my car from my mechanic’s shop?

Yes, we can. If you are not present, we prefer you to let us know in advance, along with the name of the person you designate to meet the tow truck driver and release the vehicle.

16. How long will it take you to pick up my donated vehicle?

Our average pickup time is usually 24-72 hours from your first contact with us. In some rare instances, a donor will need a quicker pickup time. Please know we do our best to accommodate these immediate requests, but if it occurs on a weekend or holiday we cannot guarantee we will be able to confirm. Thank you for your understanding.

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18. What if I want to donate to a charity that is not on your list?

No problem! We contact new charities every day about receiving donations from our company. When you schedule your pick up over the phone, please inform the Donation Coordinator that you would like us to contact your favorite charity. Please provide us with the charity's name, address, and phone number. For efficiency, we also ask that you please provide a contact person within the charity, their phone number, and email as well. Having this information, helps us expedite the process of getting the charity set up with our program, and ensures that your tax deduction will be sent to you in a timely manner. Please note: We will reach out to your new charity up to 3 times. If the charity has not completed our Service Agreement by the third time, we will ask you for a second choice. For your convenience, we will give you a reasonable amount of time to choose a second choice of charity. If you do not respond to this request, we will choose a charity for you from our existing list of charity affiliates. The Cars2Charities selected nonprofit will be from from one of the following causes: Children/Family, Disaster Relief, Animal Rescue, or Veterans Services.

 

If you have a question that has not been answered here, please contact us at:
(855) 520-2100, or by email at: info@cars2charities.org. Thank you!