How to Donate a Car in Colorado

Donating a vehicle to charity in Colorado is an easy process, but you’ll want to be aware of a few specific steps:

  1. Pick a charity you'd like to support. We provide a list of public radio stations and other charities below.
  2. Complete and sign your vehicle title.
  3. Note: Colorado requires a title for any vehicle. If you don’t have the title, you can file for a replacement with the state.

There are somewhere around 1.8 million vehicles registered privately in Colorado. The average car in the Centennial state is 12.8 years old. That means there are literally hundreds of thousands of cars in the state that you wouldn’t invest a full tank of gas in, let alone the regular maintenance to keep it on the road. Yet these forgotten, unused, unloved cars can be a great source of revenue for your favorite public radio station in Colorado.

While the best part of donating a car in Colorado is the support you provide to the people who deliver news, music and insightful talk to your radio every single day, the second best part is how easy it is to donate:

  1. Have your vehicle title ready.
  2. Follow this link to the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program or call us at 1-877-215-0227.
  3. Answer the questions about your car and yourself.
  4. Select a date and time to have your car picked up.

It’s really that easy.


Of course, there’s a bit of paperwork you need to fill out. On the day your vehicle is picked up, you’ll need a few things to complete the process:

Vehicle Title: In order to complete your Colorado car donation, transfer your title by PRINTING and SIGNING your name in the seller/owner field, in the very top left hand portion of the back of the title, and be sure to fill it out EXACTLY as it appears on the front of the title.

Day of Pickup

The day of your scheduled vehicle pickup, you’ll need to provide the driver with the completed title, along with the keys. After the vehicle sells, you'll receive a vehicle donation receipt for tax purposes.

Colorado Car Donation Resources

The Car Talk Vehicle donation program will provide funds to the Colorado Public Radio station of your choice.

Colorado Car Donation FAQs

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.

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.

My vehicle doesn’t pass Colorado’s emissions requirement. Is it still ok to donate to a Colorado Public Radio station?

Yes! If your vehicle is newer than 1982, you’re required to have emissions tested every two years in Colorado, and it’s the reason a lot of vehicles get relegated to permanent driveway duty. But we’ll take it, and you’ll see a tax benefit along with the satisfaction of helping your favorite local Public Radio affiliate.