Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the benefits of donating my vehicle?
- Is there any cost?
- Do you accept any vehicle, anywhere?
- How much work is it for me?
- How long until my vehicle is picked up?
- What will happen to my car?
- Will I receive a tax deduction?
- What if I have title issues?
- How much money goes to the station?
- Who operates the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program?
- How do I check on the status of my car or get other answers?
It's simple, fun and free. We convert the car into cash, which becomes a welcome donation to the station of your choice, and you are entitled to a tax deduction. We take vehicles in any condition, running or not, virtually anywhere in the U.S., and you avoid the cost and hassle of repairing or selling a car you no longer want.
No. There is no cost to the donor or to the station, ever.
Yes, we accept cars, trucks, boats, planes, motorcycles, RVs, and heavy farm equipment, running or not, no smog certificate is necessary. We pick up vehicles anywhere in the country, with very few exceptions.
It’s easy to donate a vehicle, either on-line or by phone, 1 (866) 789-8627. You fill out a few forms (you’ll need to have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)), and you mail in the paperwork, including the title in states requiring one. You will receive a call from our tow service to arrange a convenient time and location for the pick up. You do not need to be there.
We pick up newer cars right away, and older cars within a few days of receiving your paper work. Need to arrange a special pick up? Call 1 (866) 789-8627 and let them know.
Your car is assessed for the used-car market that will yield the best sale price, joining some forty-three million other cars re-sold each year. Most vehicles are sold through wholesale auctions; older, damaged and problem vehicles are often sold directly to dismantlers or recyclers for valuable parts and metals. Because we work with a very large national network of auction yards, we match your vehicle to the appropriate buyer. For example, recently we took a donor’s 1972 Porsche 911 to a premium car auction, where it netted five figures for a local public radio station. Meantime, a donor’s 1991 GMC Jimmy turned into a welcome $110 for another station.
Learn more about the value of donated vehicles here
You are entitled to deduct the sales price of your vehicle and, if it sells for less than $500, the fair market value of the vehicle.
You benefit from being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. (See Tax Information for more information). We provide you with a sales receipt or IRS Form 1098C.
If you don’t have, can’t find or have problems with your vehicle title, call Donor Services at 1 (866) 789-8627. Our Call Center staff are experts in solving these matters.
About the same amount that an auto dealer will realize if it takes the car as a trade-in and converts it to cash. We deduct the actual costs of towing, auctioning, title transfer and handling, and send the net proceeds to the station. For sample donation information click here.
Vehicle Donation to Any Charity, LLC (V-DAC), a fund-raising counsel, runs the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. V-DAC is registered with the State of California Office of the Attorney General. The program allows donors to make vehicle donations resulting in cash gifts to a designated public radio or television station, church, school or other non-profit organization. V-DAC is known for delivering the highest net revenue to recipient non-profits than any vehicle donation program in the country.
Call 1 (866) 789-8627 weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., EST; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.