how it works

It's free, easy and fast.
1You find a charity.Or call 1-800-237-5714.
2We pick up your vehicle.Free next day service.
3We help the charity sell the vehicle.You may be eligible for a tax deduction.
donate old car to charity

Vehicles are great to use to get us where we need to go, whether it’s taking the kids to school, going to work, or shopping at the store. However, like most things, cars will eventually become too small for your family, break down or simply not meet your needs anymore. When you no longer want or need your vehicle, we invite you to donate a car to charity.


Your old car can get a new life by helping a good cause. Not just your unwanted car, but if you have another type of vehicle to donate, we can accept your truck, motorcycle, boat or RV.


While donating a vehicle to charity is easy at Donate-a-Car, many people still have questions. Below are some common questions and answers about car donation. You can also visit our FAQ page for more answers to questions.


1. Is my car donation to charity tax deductible?

In order for your car donation to be eligible as a tax deduction, the charity you choose to donate to must be registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. At Donate-a-Car, we have ensured that all the trusted charities we work with have met this qualification. After your car is donated and processed, we will send you a receipt for tax purposes. You can read more about the tax benefits of donating a car from our Tax Deduction Guide.


2. My car is currently not running, can I still donate it to charity?

Yes. Your car does not need to be running. We are happy to take most any cars no matter what the condition from most locations. Be aware that the condition of your vehicle may affect the fair market value of your donation.


3. What do I need to do in order to donate my car?

You simply must call us at 1-800-237-5714 or choose a charity on our site and fill out the form. You need to provide the vehicles Title. If you don’t have the title, give us a call for instructions. Your car will be picked up and later you will receive a receipt for tax purposes. It’s that easy.


4. How will my car be picked up?

Donate-a-Car will arrange for your vehicle to be professionally towed at no expense to you. Your car will be picked up at a time and location that is convenient for you.  


5. How long does it take for my car to be picked up?

Depending on your location, you vehicle will typically be towed within 24 to 48 hours.


6. What if I don’t have the title to the car, can I still donate it to charity?

You can still donate it after a replacement title is gotten. Our title specialists can help you, just call us at 1-800-237-5714.


7. How much money from my car donation will my chosen charity receive?

Depending on the sale price of your vehicle and the costs of the auction, advertising and towing expenses, the remaining amount will all go to the charity, which is usually around 70%.


8. What kind of vehicles can I donate?

You can donate almost any type of vehicle including cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, ATV’s, RV’s, boats, farm equipment and more.


Donating a car to charity is a great way to give back. Your car can be given a new cause and help the lives of those in need. Plus, you may get a great tax benefit. Consider donating your car today.