1. Tell us about your car
Share information about your vehicle with us, and then we’ll tell you how to follow up. (It varies by state.)
Before we come to get your car, you’ll need to get us the vehicle’s title, too. But you don’t need the title to get started. And, if you can’t find it, don’t worry. We can help replace it.
2. We pick it up & sell it
Once we have the required information from you, we’ll call to schedule a pickup.
After picking it up, we’ll maximize the value of your car by selling it through one of a variety of possible channels.
If at anytime you’re wondering what’s happening with your car, you can call us at 1-877-215-0227.
3. Your station benefits
It’s really that simple! Once we have the funds from the sale of your car, we’ll transfer it to the NPR station you selected.
We’re proud that no program has lower operating costs than the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program— meaning we’ll send more money to you station than any other program.
- Q: Can I donate if my area is impacted by the Covid virus?
We are open and able to pick up donations, and we can do it contact-free. There may be some delay in pick up due to regulations in your area. If so, we will keep you up-to-date on any changes or adjustments and pick up your car as quickly as possible.
Throughout the donation process, our focus is on the health and well-being of our donors, tow drivers, stations, and community. Our donation technology, communications points, and mobile tools mean we can offer a touch-less donation process. You can even monitor the status of their donation online.
Discuss your preferred pickup process with the towing or pick-up agency when they call to schedule. Our drivers are encouraged to discuss transfer steps with donor and complete the pickup in a contact-free manner.
To maintain social distancing at pick up, donors can leave a signed title inside the glove compartment of the vehicle.
Keys can be placed above the visor or under the seat.
As a courtesy, you can wipe down the driver compartment of vehicle for the safety of our drivers.
Rather than handing off a receipt, we can email you one at time of pickup.
If you need more information, give us a call at 1-877-215-0227. We're here to help!
- Q: Is the process of donating a car to public radio difficult or costly?
No, there's a little paperwork involved, but we promise to make it as easy as possible. And there's absolutely no fee to you or your station.
- Q: Does my car have to be running or in good working condition?
No. We'll accept your vehicle in any condition and can arrange to have it towed if it's not running.
- Q: Do you accept any vehicle, anywhere?
Yes, we accept cars, trucks, boats, planes, motorcycles, RVs, and heavy farm equipment, running or not. Just nothing by Fisher Price. No smog certificate is necessary. We pick up vehicles anywhere in the country, with very few exceptions.
- Q: How do I start the process?
Just click on the Donate button above, or call us at 1-877-215-0227. We'll help you get started.
- Q: What information do I need to have handy?
Grab your vehicle registration. That should include all the basic info we need about your car. Later on, you'll also need to rifle through your kitchen drawer and find your vehicle's title. If you've lost your registration or title, just call our Customer Service experts at 1-877-215-0227. They're great at solving these types of problems and are be happy to help.
- Q: Once I've provided the basic info about my vehicle, what happens next?
In most states, you're required to mail us a few forms, including your car's title. We'll tell you where to send them. Then, a few days after we receive the forms, you'll get a call from a vehicle pickup service to arrange a convenient time and place for the pickup. You do not need to be there.
- Q: Then what happens to my beloved car?
We have a group whose expertise is in maximizing the value of every donated vehicle. For many cars, that means selling them via a wholesale auction. This is similar to a "trade in." For cars in poorer condition, sometimes the maximum value comes from selling the car to a dismantler or recycler, who will pay for valuable parts. Our goal is to assess each car, and find a way to get the maximum donation for your station.
- Q: How do I check on the status of my car or get other answers?
Call 1-877-215-0227, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., eastern time, Monday through Friday, or between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. eastern time on Saturday.
- Q: Will I receive a tax deduction when I donate a car to my local public radio station?
You are entitled to deduct the sales price of your vehicle if it sells for more than $500. If it sells for less than $500, you may deduct the fair market value of the vehicle 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 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, so we suggest you consult your tax advisor about your own itemization and deduction questions.
- Q: How much money from my car donation goes to my local public radio station?
We're very proud that our program returns the largest percentage of gross proceeds to stations. We are all public radio employees, and fans. We are doing this because we love your station as much as you do. There are costs and fees that have to be deducted during the car donation process. We have to pay for car pickup or towing, title transfer, auction or dismantling fees, and other costs associated with the program. However, when it's all said and done, we return a minimum of 70% of the gross proceeds to the station, a number that makes your station very happy.
- Q: Who runs this car donation program?
This 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, 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 program as a way to give back to the stations that were our friends and partners for decades–and whose programs we listen to every day.
Along with our car donation partners, we're proud to work with your local public radio station and help you turn your car into more of the programs you love. And we thank you for the help you are providing to our hard-working stations!
- Q: What about privacy? Will you share my information?
We are very careful with any information you provide. Donor information is not given to any organization except the IRS as required by law, and to the station to which you're donating. Your station will only get your name and contact information, which they've asked for because they're eager to thank you.
If (and only if) you specifically opt in during the process, one of our producers may contact you to ask you about why you donated your car, or to ask for a picture of you with the car we can share with other public radio fans. That is totally optional, though. By default, your information will be entirely private.
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- LoveWe’re public radio employees. We love your station as much as you do.
- TrustSince 2005, we’ve turned 45,592 donated cars into public radio programs.
- EaseYou can start on line or by phone. We’re standing by to help!