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DonateaCar.org works directly with our partners Wheels for Wishes and Vehicles for Veterans to connect generous people with a couple of the nation’s leading car donation charities.

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Start by Choosing Your Charity

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Fill Out a Donation Form or Call

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Schedule a Pickup & Get a Tax Deduction

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At Donate-A-Car we proudly work with some of the best and most respected charities and non-profit organizations in the country. Our mission is to help you maximize your generous donation by arming you with information and helping you select from one of our vetted partners. We are dedicated to ensuring the maximum funds are raised when you donate a car to charity, and that the contribution of your donated car makes the most impact for the selected charity. And of course, ensuring your generous and thoughtful car donation qualifies for a charitable tax deduction! We will help you understand the potential tax benefits when you donate a car, navigating the paperwork, and how to properly file your taxes.

DonateACar.org has Partnered with Wheels for Wishes and Vehicles for Veterans

DonateaCar.org works directly with our partners Wheels for Wishes and Vehicles for Veterans to connect generous people with one of the nation’s leading car donation charities.
Donate a Car - Wheels for Wishes

Wheels For Wishes believes that every child, no matter his or her health, deserves a chance to have a happy and fulfilling childhood. 

By donating a car or vehicle, we are able to raise funds to support Make-A-Wish chapters in locations throughout the country, helping grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. 

A wish is an opportunity for a child to focus on something other than their medical routines, and be a kid again.

Wheels for Wishes is an IRS registered 501c3 organization, IRS assigned 26-3408048

Vehicles For Veterans helps several veterans’ charities throughout the U.S. Charities that have benefited from Vehicles For Veterans include: 

Homes For Our Troops, Operation Homefront, Veterans Airlift Command, the Fisher House Foundation, the Semper Fi Fund, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Operation Gratitude, Minnesota Military Family Foundation, Hope for the Warriors, Intrepid Fallen Hero’s Fund, Folds of Honor Foundation, The United Service Organization (USO), and the Gary Sinise Foundation. 

In the past, Vehicles For Veterans has also donated proceeds to Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Selecting Vehicles for Veterans to donate a car, your generous gift will go to helping veterans directly who are in need.

Vehicles for Veterans is an IRS registered 501c3 organization operating as Car Donation Foundation, IRS assigned 26-3408048

We accept all types of vehicles donations!

You can donate a car, truck, boat, motorcycle, RVs, & more!

You may be thinking that your vehicle to donate is a little rough or perhaps is simply a “junk car,” but to these outstanding partner charities your generous junk car donation can be a life changing contribution.

To get started, simply review the partners recommended, and select the car donation charity who’s mission and program purpose best fits your criteria. Then fill out our fast and easy vehicle donation form or call to talk directly with one of our expert customer service team members.

By supporting only qualified nonprofit charitable organizations who will use the proceeds when you generously donate a car properly. You can rest assured the proceeds will go to making the biggest difference to those in need and you will get the maximum tax benefit when donating a car. We have vetted our partners to make sure every dollar raised is actually going to its intended cause. Unfortunately, in the car donation space, there are so many organizations that claim to donate to charity and don’t even contribute 50% of the net proceeds. DonateACar carefully reviews each partner and their program to ensure your car donation is benefiting those in need. Visit our donation tips, FAQ, or Comparisons Charts for more information and resources. LET’S DO MORE THAN JUST MAKE A CAR DONATION… MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE’S LIFE TODAY!
What Paperwork Do I Need To Donate My Vehicle?

In most cases we will need the title to the vehicle, but each state has its own requirements. Check out our vehicle donation title FAQ for more information. Even if you do not have title papers, call us anyway; other arrangements can be worked out in most cases. 

We appreciate your car donation, and we want to help make that possible for you. If you have any other questions, you can look at our car donation FAQ. Our representatives are standing by on the phone, ready to help you identify any paperwork you need to donate your vehicle.

What Do I Do With My Vehicle Title?

We will tell you what is required in your state. Most states do require that you have a clear title to the vehicle to be able to donate. If you have other questions you can go to our vehicle donation title FAQ to get your vehicle title questions answered. 

When Does My Liability For The Vehicle End And Who Transfers The Title?

On the day we receive your vehicle, our insurance provides coverage. We will handle all transfer documents according to your local state Department of Vehicle Services guidelines, and provide you with receipts and information for your tax deduction.

Do You Pick Up And Tow Away The Car?

Yes, we will pick up the vehicle running or not for free, from a location that is convenient for you. If you fill out our online donation form we will call you the same or next business day to schedule your vehicle pick-up. If you make your vehicle donation by calling us and we will schedule your pick-up at that time.

What Type Of Vehicles Can Be Donated?

We accept most carstrucks, vans, fleet vehicles, trailers, boatsmotorcycles, and RVs, subject to approval. We have representatives standing by to answer any question you might have such as: “what you can donate?” and “what condition of cars are accepted?”

Can I Donate My Car If It Doesn’t Run?

Yes, we are able to accept most vehicles whether they run or not. Even if your car hasn’t run for years, you can donate it to charity. 

Donating your car that doesn’t run versus trying to sell it is typically less stressful and more beneficial. You will still receive free vehicle pick-up when you donate a car that no longer runs. In most cases, non-running cars are recycled. Regardless of whether your car runs or not, the proceeds from its sale benefit your selected charity.

Can I Deduct The Car Donation?

Yes, vehicles donated to registered nonprofit organizations are tax deductible. Because we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your car donation is completely tax deductible. After we receive your car donation, we will mail you a receipt that states your tax deduction amount.

In general, if the car you donate sells for less than $500, you can claim the fair market value of your vehicle up to $500. If your donated vehicle sells for more than $500, you will be able to claim the exact amount for which your car sold. Learn more about how the IRS allows you to claim a tax deduction for your car donation on our IRS Tax Information page.

How Do You Determine The Value Of My Donated Vehicle?

Now you don’t have to because of the IRS Car Donation Tax Laws

Your car donation to an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity is still tax deductible and will fall into one of these categories:

  1. For vehicles sold for under $500, you can claim the fair market value up to $500.00 without any additional paperwork.  The preliminary tax receipt will be mailed after vehicle has been confirmed picked up.
  2. If the gross proceeds from the sale of your donated vehicle exceed $500.00, your deduction will be limited to the actual sale price. You will also be asked by the donee organization to provide your Social Security for the purposes of completing its IRS Form 1098-C form.

We will provide you with a receipt stating the final sales price of your vehicle within 30 days of its sale.

LET’S DO MORE THAN JUST MAKE A CAR DONATION

Make a difference in someone's life today

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Your Donation Helps So Much

Using your generous donation, Wheels For Wishes has helped touch the lives of thousands of children with critical illnesses. With over $73 million in donations, we have helped to grant over 9,883 wishes to local children nationwide. Still, there are plenty of children who have wishes yet to be granted.
Thousands of veterans across the country rely on funding from the programs which Vehicles For Veterans benefits. Give back to those who gave everything to the country today! Donations from people like you and your community can help to bring assistance to every veteran in need! Donate your unwanted car and tell your friends, families and neighbors to do the same. Together, you can make a significant difference. One strong community of support can help disabled and other veterans programs to assist even more unreached veterans. Because Vehicles For Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit vehicle donation organization, donors receive many benefits as well. Your donation earns you a 100 percent tax-deductible receipt. When you file your taxes, you can claim this huge deduction. It really pays to donate! Plus, the process is so easy with us.

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