How to Donate a Car in District of Columbia

Washington, DC has more than 350,000 vehicles registered in the district,. The average vehicle registered is 11.8 years old, right at the national average. Even with that few cars registered, there are still thousands of cars in Washington, DC just sitting around that you wouldn’t pay to fix if somebody dared you. But forgotten, unused, unloved cars are a great source of funding for your favorite local public radio station.

How difficult is it to donate a car in Washington D.C.?

While the best part of donating a car in Washington D.C. 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.

Note: If your vehicle is missing its title, you can obtain a duplicate from the Washington DC DMV. You can learn more at the Washington, DC website.

What do you need to know when donating a vehicle in Washington D.C.?

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 Washington, DC car donation, transfer your title by SIGNING your name on the BACK of the title where it’s marked “SIGNATURE OF SELLER.” Make sure it’s EXACTLY as it appears printed on the front of the title.

What should I expect on the 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.

My car won’t pass a Washington, DC emissions test. Is it still ok to donate to a Washington, DC Public Radio station?

Yes! Every pleasure vehicle from 2005 or newer has to pass an emissions test in Washington, DC every two years. Even if your car won’t pass the test, we can help you get rid of it. A vehicle donation is a great way to move that car along and support your favorite public radio station.

What are some good car donation resources in District of Columbia?

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

WETA-FM (90.9)