Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I donate my car?

It is easy to donate with Instant Car Donation. Either call our toll-free number  (844) 333-3881 or fill out our car donation form.

Is there a tax benefit for donating my car?

We can ensure your vehicle goes to a charity which is eligible to receive tax deductible contributions and help you recieve a reciept for your donation. If you itemize your deductions you may be able to get a tax benefit for your car donation. For donations up to $500 you can use Kelley Blue Book and for larger donations the charity must verify what they recieved for the car donation (more information).

How will my car be picked up?

We will arrange a tow truck to come pick up your vehicle and we will take care of the entire process. It couldn't be easier to help the charity of your choice today!

Do you accept donations for cars that are damaged or missing parts?

Absolutely, we accept cars in all conditions! Go ahead and request to donate, and we will see what we can do for you.

Can you help me find a charity that fits my personal values?

We would love to help you make sure your donation goes to a cause you care personally about by helping you pick a charity that meets your personal values. In fact, this is so important to us that we do it every time you donate with us!

What charities do you support?

Instant Car Donation proudly supports many respected local & national nonprofit organizations in your local area. We work hard for you to ensure the organizaion gets maximum support from your vehicle.

How do I obtain a lost title?

You can apply for a duplicate title with the Department of Revenue (directions for your state) when your title is illegible, lost, stolen, mutilated, or altered. 

How do I prepare my title?

All owners on the title must complete the section of the title labeled "assignment of title by owner" or "transfer of ownership by seller". Most states require printing and signing owner names.

You should fill out any fields that require information about a buyer/purchaser/transferee with information about who you are donating the vehicle to.

You may find detailed instructions for your home state here.

Where can I find my VIN?

Your unique 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) may be on the vehicle itself, the title, or your insurance card. It will look like something like this example: 1GCJC99699E136389.

How long does this process take?

We will call you within 48 hours to make sure we have all your information and will arrange for a tow truck to come to you for easy pickup. If it is taking a bit longer feel free to contact us.

Can I donate my car in my local area?

We accept car donations in all 50 states! Simply fill out the donation form, or alternatively browse with our map to find your home city!

How much of the donation goes to the charity?

Started by a group of friends who also run a local non-profit, Instant Car Donation has the core value of helping other non-profits raise money who might not otherwise be able to accept a donated car.  When you donate your car, we arrange for the towing and sale of your car.  After your car is sold, we recover these costs and take a percentage to cover our business costs.  We then donate the remainder of the proceeds to your chosen charity, and also provide them and you with the necessary tax paperwork.  Maximize your vehicle donation--the charity gets more!  We pride ourselves on efficiency and service.

Do you take cars that don't start?

Your car does not have to be running for a charity to accept it.

Do you accept older cars?

Yes, we accept cars from any year.

How do I prepare my car?

All you have to do is take your personal items out of the car and park it somewhere easy for the tow truck to pick up!

Is my title clear and transferable?

There must not be a lien on your vehicle. If there was a lien try to have a lien release document or have it signed off on the title.

The title does not have to be in your name, but if it is not please contact us directly for more detailed help. Only a few states require notorizaion for vehicle donations.

What vehicles can I donate?

We accept donations for most personal motorized road vehicles! We take cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, sedans, hatchbacks, and much more!

Have a question not on this list?

Simply contact us and we can help answer any additional questions you may have.