Vehicle Donation FAQ

What can I donate?
We accept cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and motor homes. Cars, trucks and motorcycles do not need to be in running order. Motor homes and boats must be dropped off at the nearest facility.

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Can I donate a vehicle that has not run in years?
Yes, your car, truck or motorcycle need not be in running condition.

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Is there any cost to me?
No-in most cases we provide free towing.

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Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes your donation is tax deductible. We will provide all necessary documentation as required by federal law.

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How will the value of my donation be determined?
As of 2005, if the claimed value of the donated motor vehicle exceeds $500 and the vehicle is sold by the charitable organization, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds from the sale for his deduction.

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How easy is it to donate a vehicle?
We pride ourselves on being the most efficient charity in the vehicle donations arena. Because of our efficiency and know-how, we can ensure that your donation will involve minimal fuss and bother on your part with maximum legal tax benefit for you:

  • No questionnaires to fill out, no vehicle inspections required, no waiting for forms, and a minimum amount of required paperwork before you get your tax-deductible receipt.
  • We do not need your car's title in our office before we can pick up your donated vehicle.

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How long does the vehicle donation process take?
The vehicle donation process is extremely simple. It takes approximately ten minutes by fax.

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Why should I donate my car or truck through you?
  • The vehicle donation process can drag on for months if not done properly by someone with experience-finding out what forms you need, filling them out, getting vehicle inspections done, etc. can take a great deal of time. We minimize the paperwork for you.
  • Your contribution provides funding for numerous charitable programs, including our apprenticeship program, which helps rehabilitated criminals, recovering drug abusers and other disadvantaged individualsbecome contributing members of society.
  • You avoid any possible legal liability or risk that could be involved in trying to sell the vehicle privately. By donating the vehicle using our quick and efficient services, you save on taxes, insurance and any maintenance you might have to do to prepare the vehicle for sale.
  • In donating older vehicles, if your vehicle is recycled for parts or metal, you are helping to protect the environment by eliminating emissions and recycling.
  • You can rest assured knowing that 100% of your donation goes directly to a non-profit organization rather than being eaten away by a commercial fundraising organization.

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How will my vehicle be picked up?
Your vehicle will be towed away by our vehicle donation service at your convenience. Our towing company will contact you to authorize the pickup. Publicly traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange, they are a large, well-known, fully registered, licensed and insured national service provider that meets all local, state and federal legal and environmental requirements.

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Will you pick up my car from any location?
We can pick up your vehicle from any location as long as the vehicle is not located on the freeway or in an underground parking lot.

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What do I need to donate my vehicle?
In most instances we require you to have a title to the vehicle; however, in some states we can make other arrangements.

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Can the car donation paperwork be faxed to speed it up?
The entire donation process is done by fax. You can fill out our online tax form [link] or call 1-855-Cars4Jobs to donate your vehicle.

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What documentation will I receive for my donation?
We will provide a receipt acknowledging the tax-deductible charitable donation of your vehicle, as required by the IRS.

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I have paid off my vehicle, but I still have a lien listed on the title. Can I still donate it?
Yes. In most cases we can obtain a lien release for you from the lien holder.

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What are legal guidelines for IRS vehicle donation tax deductions?
Excerpted from the article "IRS Officials Urge Care for Those Making a Car or Truck Donation; New Law Changes Rules for 2005":

"As tax payers plan their charitable giving, donors should understand the way that the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 will alter the rules for the contribution of used motor vehicles after Dec. 31 2004.

"In 2005, if the claimed value of the donated motor vehicle exceeds $500 and the item is sold by the charitable organization the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds from the sale.

"Under the new 2005 rules, the charitable organization must provide an acknowledgement to the donor within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds."

(To view this article in full, see Publication 4302, "A Donor's Guide to Vehicle Donations".)

The Center for Living and Learning is a 501(c)3 charity. Our charitable tax ID is 95-4406897. The IRS can be called at 877-829-5500 for more information. Donors with questions about whether a contribution is tax deductible should call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or, for TTY/TDD help, 1-800-829-4059.

Related Items:
  1. Publication 526, "Charitable Deductions" (PDF, 177K)
  2. Publication 4302, "A Donor's Guide to Vehicle Donations" (PDF, 122K)

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Who else will see my personal data?
We guarantee your privacy. We do not share your personal information or donation history with anyone, ever.

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How are donated vehicles monetized?
After pickup, your donated vehicle will be sold at auction. The purchaser may be a dealer or a licensed vehicle recycler.

Our vehicle donation service provider is an established, registered, licensed and insured national service that meets all local, state and federal legal and environmental requirements. The company is a publicly traded corporation on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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How much of the money goes to charity?
100% of the proceeds go to the Center for Living and Learning, a non-profit organization engaging in programs to aid disadvantaged persons in acquiring and holding stable employment, thus allowing them to become contributing members of society. We provide successful vocational education to rehabilitated criminals, recovering drug abusers and other disadvantaged individuals. For those not accepted into our apprenticeship program we offer a job search preparation course teaching the vital skills of job search, application and interview.

In addition to our main vocational programs, we also donate to other charitable organizations whose aims align with ours. Further, we offer free web hosting and low-cost website development to other licensed charitable organizations.

Our charitable programs are funded solely by your donations.

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