Donations FAQ

Donations FAQ

Does my car have to be running to qualify for donation?

No, but the car must have an engine and be towable. However, cars that are in extremely poor condition or far from our tow range may cost more to tow than the value of the vehicle. If this is the case, your preferred charity may not receive any dollars from your vehicle.

What paperwork do I need?

A signed title (pink slip) is required for donation. If the title is not available, you’ll need to submit an Application for Replacement Title with the DMV and contact us when you have the replacement title. The vehicle’s registration card and keys should also be given to our representative.

Do I get a receipt for my donation?

Yes, our driver will issue a receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not your final tax receipt. The initial acknowledgement will indicate your name and the year, make and model of the vehicle you are donating.

A final acknowledgement will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale. The amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle will be listed on this receipt. This will be your receipt for your charitable contribution.

What can I claim as a deduction?

Due to recent IRS updates to the rules regarding vehicle donations and the amount of the deduction that can be claimed, we recommend that you refer to IRS Publication 4303 “A Donor’s Guide to Vehicle Donations,” which can be found at, or contact your tax advisor to determine the amount of your tax deduction.

What does your preferred charity do with the donated vehicles?

The vehicles are sold at auction. The funds from vehicle donations are used to provide the main mission of the charity in our local community.

Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?

No. Special arrangements can be made when you talk with us to have your vehicle consigned for sale at auction with specific instructions on which charity the funds are to go to.

How much money will your preferred charity receive?

It varies. However, after towing and administrative costs your preferred charity will receive the remainder of the proceeds from the sale of the car. Typically this is 70 to 80% of the sale amount. The more the vehicle is worth, the higher the percentage that goes to the charity.

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