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March 4, 2024

Your Car Donation Checklist

Are you planning to donate your car? Congratulations! Not only is it a convenient way to get rid of an unwanted vehicle, but it’s also a meaningful way to support a cause you’re passionate about. Additionally, you’ll be eligible for a significant tax deduction. It’s a decision you won’t regret!

But before you hand over your keys, it’s important to ensure that you have all the necessary documents ready. So, let’s go through the paperwork highway and see what you’ll need!

  1. Car title

Also known as the “pink slip,” the car title is your golden ticket in the car donation process. It’s the legal document that proves you’re the rightful owner of the vehicle. Without it, transferring ownership of the car can be as tricky as parallel parking on a busy street. If you no longer have the title, contact your local DMV to obtain a duplicate form. You may also inform your chosen charity about this, and they may assist you on this matter.

  1. Maintenance and repair records

Think of these as your car’s report cards. They show how well you’ve taken care of your vehicle over the years. If you’ve kept your car in top-notch condition, these records can increase its value, resulting in more funds for your chosen charity. Don’t worry if you’re missing a few reports; the goal is to provide as much information as you can about your car’s condition.

  1. Release of liability

This form ensures that you’re not held responsible for what happens to the vehicle after you’ve donated it to the nonprofit. It acts as your “proof of sale” and protects you from any future liabilities. You can usually obtain this form from your local DMV.

  1. IRS Form 8283

If you plan to claim a tax deduction for your donation (which is highly recommended), this form is a definite must-have. For donations valued over $500, you’ll need to complete Section A. If your car is valued over $5,000, hold onto your steering wheel because you’ll also need to fill out Section B, which requires a written appraisal.

  1. Receipt from the charity

This document serves as confirmation that the charity has received your car. It’s like the receipt you get when you buy groceries, except it’s not just proof of your donation but also necessary for tax purposes. Make sure it includes the charity’s name, the date of donation, and the vehicle’s value, if provided.


Help Improve the Lives of Our Hurting Heroes by Choosing Veteran Car Donations

Now that you know which documents you’ll need to donate your car, you might be wondering which nonprofit to team up with. If you’ve always loved the idea of giving back to our retired service members, especially those who are struggling to transition to civilian life, then Veteran Car Donations is your perfect match.

Upon turning over your vehicle to us, we’ll put it up for auction and then distribute the proceeds to our reputable charity partners. These veteran-focused IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are committed to improving the living conditions of our former troops who are homeless and impoverished, those who are unable to find decent jobs, and those who are suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental disorders.

The funding we give helps our partners in providing their beneficiaries with a range of critical services, such as housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, and other services meant to uplift their lives.

As a token of our gratitude, we’ll send you a 100% tax-deductible sales receipt within 30 days of selling your vehicle. This receipt will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season. You’ll also have the privilege of enjoying our fast and free towing service, which is available to our donors anywhere in the United States.

You’d be delighted to learn that we accept almost all types of vehicles, regardless of age or condition. There’s no need to get your vehicle fixed before donating it to us; we’ll gladly take it as it is!

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to drop them here or contact us at 877-594-5822. If you’re interested in learning how our quick and simple donation process works, you can head over to our FAQs page.


Ready to Make an Impact?

Show our dear veterans how much you appreciate them and everything they’ve done for our nation with your vehicle donation. Without a doubt, you’ll be touching their lives in so many ways.

Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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