Most Common Questions About the Vehicle Donation Program
It is my car donation tax deductible?
How much can I deduct?
Vehicles donated to registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permissible by IRS law. Because we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization your donation to charity is completely tax deductible.
For example, if the donation sells for less than $500.00, then the donor can claim up to $500.00. In other case if the vehicle sells for more than $500.00. Then the donor will be able to claim the full amount of the sale.
In addition, we highly recommend you also thoroughly read the following two IRS publication articles:
To donate my vehicle, what paperwork do I need?
You would need to provide the Certificate of Title, or Registration (no lien holders). If you lost the title, call us 1(800) 378-1145. Also each state has its own specific requirements so we can guide you.
**Notice of Donor’s Responsibility
Is possible to donate a vehicle that belongs to a deceased person?
Yes, you can donate any kind of property, however in this case, each State has different requirements . Usually we need a copy of the death certificate, certificate of the official inheritor of the vehicle, and the title signed. Please call us at 1(800) 378-1145 to confirm what is needed in your State to donate.
**Notice of Donor’s Responsibility
The vehicle is not registered under my name, can I donate it?
How do I transfer the title?
On the vehicle title, the donor must complete the section of the title “assignment of title by owner” or “transfer of ownership by seller”. When you sign the title, please print and sign your name as the “Seller” in exactly the same way it appears on the face of the title. We will walk you through this step over the phone as well 1 (800) 378-1145.
Please understand, although we take care of the release of liability, we always encourage the donor to do it, due to prevents any Department of Motor Vehicles system delay errors.
How long it will take to get the donation picked up?
Generally the pick-up time is usually between 24-48 hours from your first contact with us. We will do our best efforts to accommodate your requests.
Motorhomes, large travel trailers, some boats and heavy equipment may require additional time for pick up.
I am ready to donate my vehicle, what is my next step?
I want to donate a car to a charity that is not in your list
How can I get the vacation Voucher?
Click here to learn more our vacation vouchers.
Notice of donor's responsibility:
Please check with your State’s Department of Motor Vehicles about the proper management of your license plates. You may be required by state law to remove, retain, surrender transfer or destroy your license plates. In case these are the requirements in your State, then you are responsible for your license plates. We strongly encourage you to remove the plates before we pick up your vehicle, as we are NOT responsible for any tickets, fines, actions or litigations as a result of you not removing the plates.
In any other case, once the donation is picked up by the transport company, you are no longer liable for your vehicle as long as you have correctly complied with the protocol set by your state regarding license plate removal, retention surrender or destruction.
Right to Refuse Vehicle Donations Policy:
In the best interest of the nationwide charitable nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations we assist, we at Charity Help USA have a policy that allows us to reserve the right to decline certain vehicle donations based on criteria established by Charity Help USA.
*Disclaimer: If the donor doesn’t provide proper, valid paperwork for the donation, the donor will lose the rights to claim any tax deduction (clearly stated on the IRS conditions to donate property). Subsequently, we would be forced to junk or consider the vehicle abandoned, in this case, it will cause expenses including towing, storage, for what you may get charge.
Have in consideration that we are not responsible for any belongings left in the vehicle. Please understand we will always strive to do our best to accommodate our generous donors. Contact us!