Car Donation Procedures FAQ

February 7, 2008

Car Donation Procedures FAQ

Donating your car to charity is a selfless act that can be useful for many people. If you are thinking about donating your car to charity, you may have some questions about the process and how your donation will reach the people you want to.

The following are some of the frequently asked questions pertaining to the car donation process. Hopefully, they can help clarify your questions and strengthen your decision to give your car away for a good cause.

Q: What type of car will charities accept?
A: This is the most common question regarding car donations. Most charity organizations will accept all types of cars, whether in running condition or not. Aside from cars, they will also accept motorcycles, trucks, recreational cars, and boats. Every charity has its own specific list of what cars they accept, so contact the charity you have in mind and ask if they will accept the car you’re willing to donate.

Q: Do I need to provide any documents when I donate my car?
A: This is the detail that most generous people tend to overlook often because of the eagerness to help. Before you donate your car, you have to provide a title for the car, which verifies your ownership. Other official Department of Motor Vehicles documents may also be used, as long as they prove your clear ownership of the car.

Q: Am I the one responsible for delivering my car to charity?
A: The answer will depend on your chosen charity. Some charities for car donation has will pick up your car at your specified location at no cost. You don’t even have to be there during the pick up. However, there are charities that require you to drop the car off. Some will accept responsibility for towing your car, but for a charge.

Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?
A: Yes. However, you can only make a tax-deductible donation if you are donating to a qualified car donation organization. You will need to consult with your tax advisor on this one.