You Can Donate Your Car to Your Favorite NPR Station!
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NPR Car Donation Made Easy
1. Fill Out a Simple Form
Start here with this online form to donate your car to NPR through your favorite station. Fill in some basic info, then click, and we'll take you through the easy car donation process.
You won't need your car's title now, but you will need it when we pick up your car donation.
2. We Pick Up Your Car for Free
When we have all the info, a local tow agent will call you to schedule a free pickup at your convenience.
After we pick up your car donation, we'll maximize the value of your car by finding the best way to sell it. Then your car donation will be on its way to your favorite NPR station.
3. Your NPR Station Receives the Donation
Your NPR station car donation is complete! It's that simple. We'll send the proceeds of the sale to your NPR station, so they can turn it into the NPR programs you love: All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me!, local NPR news, and more.
Vehicle Donation Program
Have a different vehicle to donate than a car? No problem!
Your old truck, RV, motorcycle, golf cart, boat, plane, or even farm equipment—running or not -- can be donated to NPR through your favorite NPR station. We'll sell your vehicle, and help you turn your old car into the NPR programs you love.
Donate Your Car to NPR
When it's time for a new car, donating your old car to NPR through your favorite public radio station is a great option for everybody. You get your unwanted vehicle picked up for free, and your favorite NPR station gets the proceeds to pay for the NPR programming you love.
We make NPR-station car donation really easy through our this online form. It doesn't matter what type of vehicle you have, our vehicle donation specialists pick it up for free, get the highest price by selling it, and let your trusty old car do one more good deed in the world by supporting your favorite NPR station.
Donating to Public Radio Helps Bring Quality Programming to Your Community
Here's how your NPR car donation benefits your community: Your local public radio station is full of people who work hard to broadcast honest, trustworthy information, thoughtful discussion, and smart entertainment to everyone in your community, free of charge. To do all that, they rely on donations.
When you donate your old car to your NPR station, you give them the crucial funds they need to pay for award winning programs: Morning Edition, All Things Considered, their own local news, Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me!, Fresh Air and more. These programs inform us, make us think, and make us laugh. They're a gift to every community in the country with a public radio station.
Your car donation to NPR and your station lifts your entire community. You're personally supporting an invaluable community asset. Who knew that old car in your driveway could do all that?!
Car Donation FAQs
Does NPR take car donations?
Yes, NPR stations take car donations through this program. You've come to the right place! This is the NPR car donation program started by the folks at one of NPR's most beloved and trusted programs, Car Talk. Listeners simply fill out an online form, schedule a pick up, and the proceeds from the sale of your old car go to your favorite NPR station.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to take a tax deduction for your donation. But most importantly, you'll give a trusty or unwanted vehicle a second life as great NPR reporting, thoughtful NPR interviews, and open-minded NPR explorations of important topics. A car donation is great for you, great for your NPR station.
What types of vehicles can be donated?
All kinds of vehicles can be donated to NPR stations. We accept cars, trucks, boats, planes, motorcycles, RVs, and heavy farm machinery, running or not. Just nothing by Fisher Price, please! No smog certificate or inspection is necessary. We pick up car donations for NPR stations anywhere in the country, with very few exceptions. We can even help you replace your lost title, if necessary.
Do I have to be with the Vehicle at the time of pick-up?
You don't have to be present when your car donation to your NPR station gets picked up. We'll set up a convenient time that works for you, and we'll pick your vehicle for free. You can leave the key and signed title inside the vehicle if you prefer contactless pickup.
How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?
Within 1-3 business days you will be contacted to schedule the pick-up of the vehicle.
How do I donate a vehicle that doesn't run?
You can even donate a vehicle that doesn't run to your NPR station. Don't worry! As long as we know it's a non-running vehicle, we'll send the appropriate tow truck to haul it away. Even non-running vehicles can be donated to help NPR and its stations.
How do I check on the status of my car or get other answers during the donation process?
You can check on the status of your car donation or ask questions by calling 1-877-215-0227. Our car donation specialists are on duty between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm on Saturday. They're happy to answer any question you have and help you donate your car to your favorite NPR station.
How do I start the car donation process?
You start the NPR station car donation process by filling out the online donation form (link) or call us at 1-877-215-0227. Our donation specialists will get the process started right away, and get your car donation to your NPR station underway.
How much money from my vehicle donation goes to my local NPR station?
We're very proud that our program returns the largest percentage of gross proceeds from donated cars to NPR stations. We are all public radio employees and fans here. We are doing this because we love your NPR station as much as you do. There are costs and fees that have to be paid by us during the car donation process, and we work to keep them as low as possible. We have to pay for car pickup or towing, title transfer, auction or dismantling fees, and other costs associated with turning your car into a cash donation for your station. But when all is said and done, we always deliver at least 70% of the gross proceeds to the station, a number that makes your NPR station very happy.
Is the process of donating a car to public radio difficult or costly?
Donating your car to your NPR station is not difficult or costly. It's quick, easy, and free! There's never any cost to you or your NPR station. There's a little paperwork involved (of course!) but we make it as easy as possible. We're as eager to get your car donation to your NPR station as you are. So if you need help at any point, our car donation specialists are available at 1-877-215-0227.
What happens to my beloved car?
Here's what happens to the car you donate to NPR through your favorite station:
We know your car has been important to you. It has carried you and your family to important events, and probably been a trusty friend for years. That's why we have a group of donation specialists who are experts in maximizing the value of every car donated to NPR stations.
For many donated cars, that means selling them to private parties. For others, it means a wholesale auction, which is like a trade-in. For donated cars in poorer or non-running condition, sometimes the maximum value comes from selling the car to a recycler who pays for valuable parts.
But rest assured, every car donation is assessed after it's picked up, with a goal of getting the maximum donation to your NPR station.
When I donate my car to my NPR station, will you share my vehicle donation information?
When you donate, we will not share your information with anybody, other than what is required by law, and the NPR station to which you're donating. Your NPR station gets your name and contact info (they'll be eager to say thanks), but outside of that and legal IRS reporting requirements, your information is never shared.
If (and only if) you specifically opt in during the car donation process, one of our producers may contact you to ask about why you donated your car to your NPR station, or ask for a picture of you with the car that we can share with other NPR fans, to encourage them to donate, too. But this part is completely optional, and only if you choose to opt in. By default, your information will remain private.
What information is needed for the vehicle donation process?
We'll let you know exactly what information you need to donate your car to your favorite NPR station. All you need to start is your contact information and some basic information on the vehicle being donated. You'll use that to fill out the online form (link) to get started.
Later, you'll need to rifle through your kitchen drawer and find your vehicle's title. If you've lost your title, don't worry! Just call our vehicle donation specialists at 1-877-215-0227. They're great at solving these types of problems for NPR car donors, and will be happy to help.
Do I need to get a duplicate title for this car donation?
If you can't find your original title, don't worry! You can still donate your car to your favorite NPR station. We know that lots of people misplace their title. Don't fret. We won't make you spend eight hours waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Our vehicle donation specialists at 1-877-215-0227 can help get you a copy of your title if you can't find it.
Who runs this car donation program?
This NPR station car donation program is a legacy of the public radio show Car Talk. For more than three decades, Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers) answered listeners' questions about cars on NPR, and provided laughs, comfort, and trustworthy advice to millions. While Tom passed away in 2014, Ray and the rest of the staff decided to continue this NPR car donation program as a way to give back to the NPR stations that were our friends and partners for decades—and whose programs we listen to every day.
Along with our car donation partners and specialists, we're proud to work with your local public radio station and help you turn your car into more of the NPR programs you love. And we thank you for the help you are providing to our hard-working NPR station colleagues!
Will I receive a tax deduction when I donate a car to my local NPR station?
You may be eligible for a tax deduction when you donate your car to your local NPR station. You will receive a donation receipt, and you are entitled to deduct the sale price of the vehicle if it sells for more than $500. If it sells for less than $500, you may deduct the fair market value of the car, not to exceed $500. We recommend you consult a site like kbb.com if you need help estimating the fair market value of a sub-$500 donation for tax purposes.
Once your NPR-station car donation is complete, we'll provide you with a sales receipt or IRS Form 1098C. We are not able to provide specific tax advice as each individual tax situation is different. We suggest you consult your tax advisor for more info.
How much do you get off taxes for car donations?
How much you get off your taxes for a car donation is determined by rules set by the IRS.
If you itemize your deductions, you are allowed to deduct the sale price of the vehicle if sells for more than $500. If it sells for less than that, you have to figure out the fair market value of the car, which can be no more than $500. You can get an estimate of fair market value by using a site like kbb.com.
Once your car donation to your NPR station is complete, we'll provide you with a sales receipt or IRS Form 1098C. We are not able to provide specific tax advice as each individual tax situation is different. We suggest you consult your tax advisor to figure out exactly how much you can get off taxes for a car donation to your NPR station.
Will I receive a tax receipt?
Yes, you will receive a tax receipt or an IRS Form 1098C once your car has sold. You can use that receipt to provide information for your tax return.
We're not tax experts. We even hate filling out our own tax returns! So we can't advise you on your own specific tax situation. But you will receive a tax receipt, and your tax advisor can tell you how to make the best use of it.
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