How the CARS Donation Program Works
Donating your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, ATV, RV, trailer or airplane has never been easier! Simply choose a nonprofit to donate to, give CARS a call, and their trained staff will guide you through the donation process.
Schedule the Vehicle Pick up
In some areas, CARS will have the ability to schedule the vehicle for pick up during your initial call. In all other cases CARS will contact you within 2-3 business days to set a convenient appointment time for pick up. If you need your vehicle picked up sooner, please call CARS toll-free at 855-500-RIDE (7433) as we may be able to make those arrangements. The vehicle will be picked up by a licensed tow company at no cost to you and will be taken to our sale location. You will be provided a Donation Receipt by the tow driver at the time of pick up.
The Donated Vehicle is Sold
CARS has sales locations where we evaluate each vehicle. When it is cost-effective, they make major and/or minor mechanical repairs. They use auction houses to sell the majority of the vehicles. On occasion CARS may receive a unique or specialty item for which we may use other means to sell the vehicle. Their goal is to ensure that the nonprofit organization receives the maximum amount of money for each donation that they receive.
CARS Provide All Necessary Tax Deduction Receipts and Forms
Within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle, you will receive a thank you letter which you may use as a tax receipt. This may be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for $500 or less. If your donated vehicle sells for more than $500, CARS will mail you an additional receipt known as "IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes" if your tax identification number has been provided.
Call CARS at 1-855-500-RIDE or choose a nonprofit online and we'll do the rest. Schedule a free pick up from anywhere in the US (and some areas of Canada).