How To Donate A Car
Q. Why should I donate my vehicle to Breast Cancer Car Donations?
A. Your vehicle donation helps save lives. The proceeds from your vehicle’s sale funds organizations that are battling breast cancer — so they can focus on their life-saving missions rather than on managing vehicle donations.
Q. What do you do with my vehicle?
A. We begin with a thorough assessment of your donated vehicle. The bulk of our donated vehicles are sold at auction. We work with many auction houses and your car is sold through the one we believe will bring the highest sale price.
Q. What kind of paperwork do I need to donate a vehicle?
A. You need the title to your vehicle. If you can’t find the title or if you’re not sure about your state’s requirements, please call us at 866-540-5069 and our friendly title clerks will be glad to help you. Additional information on this topic can be found here.
Q. Are there any costs to me?
A. No, you don’t pay a cent! Pickup and towing of your vehicle is absolutely free for you.
Q. Do you accept vehicle donations from all 50 states?
A. Yes, we do. Simply fill out the form or call us — and let’s get started!
Q. Is my donation tax deductible?
A. Yes, you can deduct the sale price of your vehicle or its fair market value if you itemize your deductions. After your vehicle is sold, we send you a sales receipt or IRS form to use when you file your taxes. For more information about your tax deduction, please click here.
Q. How is the value of my vehicle determined?
A. If your vehicle sells for less than $500, its value for tax purposes is the selling price or the fair market value up to $500. If we get more than $500 for your vehicle, then its value is the selling price. Rest assured that we strive to get the maximum sale price — for everyone’s benefit. For more information about your vehicle donation tax deduction, please click here.
Q. Can I check on the status of my donation?
A. Yes. Please feel free to call us at 866-540-5069 for any questions related to your vehicle donation.
Q. What kinds of vehicle can be donated?
Q. Does my vehicle have to be running?
A. No, we accept most vehicles, whether they are running or not. Fill out our donation form or call us at 866-540-5069 with the vehicle’s information, and we’ll let you know if we can accept it. We may not accept a vehicle if we believe that its value won’t cover the cost of towing — but this happens very rarely.
Q. What if my car didn’t pass the state emissions test?
A. No problem! We accept vehicles that have failed emissions testing.
Q. Can I donate an abandoned car?
A. No, we can’t accept an abandoned car because we require proof of ownership in order to sell the vehicle. If you find an abandoned car, please notify your local police.
Q. Can I donate a vehicle that I inherited?
A. Yes. To donate a vehicle whose previous owner has died, please give us a call at 866-540-5069 and we’ll walk you through the process.
PICKUP AND TOWING
Q. How do I schedule a pickup?
A. After we accept your vehicle for donation, we contact a local towing service. Shortly afterward, the towing company calls you directly to arrange a pickup time that is convenient for you. If you have any questions prior to pickup, please call us at 866-540-5069.
Q. Who picks up my vehicle?
A. A professional towing company in your area picks up your vehicle at your convenience.
Q. How long does it take for my vehicle to be picked up?
A. We can’t give you an exact length of time, but vehicles are usually picked up within a couple of business days. Please let us know if you need your vehicle to be picked up sooner than that, and we’ll do our best to help you.
Q. Do I need to be home when my vehicle is picked up?
A. No, you don’t need to be present, but please let the towing company know where in the vehicle your keys and title can be found. And please remember to remove your personal belongings!
Q. Does my vehicle need to be at my home or can it be picked up from another location?
A. The towing company will tow vehicles from almost any location. Please let the towing company know where you want your vehicle to be picked up.
Q. What happens after pickup?
A. The towing company will give you a donation receipt showing that the vehicle was picked up and releasing you from all liability from that point forward. Make sure to contact your local DMV to de-register your vehicle, dispose of your license plates properly, and be sure to call your insurance agent to cancel your coverage.
TITLE AND REGISTRATION
Q. How do I transfer ownership to Breast Cancer Car Donations?
A. Generally, you need to sign your title over, however each state is a bit different. If you can’t find your title or if you’re not sure about your state’s requirements, please give us a call at 866-540-5069. We’re happy to assist you.
Q. What if I can’t find the title to my vehicle?
A. Give us a call at 866-540-5069 and our title clerks will help you obtain a replacement title.
Q. Do I need to notify the state that I am donating my vehicle?
A. In some states, you need to submit a release of liability to the DMV. This form is known as a Report of Sale in some states, and a Notice of Vehicle Sale in others. Please contact your state’s DMV or call us at 866-540-5069 for details.
Q. Do I need to remove the license plate?
A. It depends. Some states require removal of the plates before your vehicle is towed away, while in other states, the plates can remain on the car. Please check your state’s requirements or call us at 866-540-5069 for assistance.
Q. I no longer bother to insure my vehicle; is that a problem?
A. No, not at all. You are no longer liable for the vehicle from the day we pick it up.
Q. Who is responsible for liability during the donation process?
A. Our insurance coverage applies to the vehicle once it is picked up.