Vehicles For Charity is one of our partners helping us process donated vehicles. Read below for more information about the program. If you have any other questions, visit Vehicles for Charity online or reach them by phone at 866-628-2277.
What are the benefits of donating my vehicle to your stations?
Delmarva Public Media benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness through local events.
You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized, plus you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy and possible security risk, and no need to pay for registration, insurance, and repairs to keep your car running while you wait for a buyer.
What can I donate?
You can donate most any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. It does not have to be currently running to qualify for donation, however it must have an engine and be towable. To find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up, contact a Vehicles for Charity representative.
What do I need to donate my vehicle?
The title to the car must be in your name. We also need some information about the location and condition of the vehicle. This will assist in scheduling appropriate towing arrangements.
What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title (in the donor's name, without a lien). Have your title with you when you call in your donation.
Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?
No. If the vehicle is registered in states requiring smog certificates or safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.
Will you pick up my vehicle?
A towing company will call you to schedule pick-up within two to three business days. You will need to give the driver the keys to the vehicle and your signed title.
Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
No. Special arrangements can be made by calling a Vehicles for Charity representative.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, our stations operate as a non-profit organization. All donations qualify as a charitable tax deduction on your federal income tax return, equal to the amount the vehicle sells for at auction (unless that amount is less than $500).
How is the value of my vehicle determined?
Your vehicle will be sold at auction or to salvage depending on condition. If your vehicle sells for less than $500, you may deduct no more than $500. If the vehicle sells for more than $500, you will receive IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, stating the amount of the gross proceeds of the deductible donation from the sale. This will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale, provided the vehicle sold for more than $500 and you have submitted your social security number.
Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes, the driver will issue a tow receipt at the time of pick-up. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model and condition of the donated vehicle. It will be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for less than $500. For sales greater than $500, IRS Form 1098-C will serve as the final tax receipt.