How to Donate a Car in Delaware

There are somewhere around half a million vehicles registered privately in Delaware. The average car in the Diamond State is 10.8 years old. That means Delaware is in the top 10 for newest cars on the road, but there are still tens of thousands of cars sitting around that could be put to better use. These forgotten, unused, unloved cars can be a great source of revenue for your favorite public radio station in Delaware.

How difficult is it to donate a car in Delaware?

While the best part of donating a car in Delaware 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: Delaware requires a title for any vehicle. If you don’t have the title, you can file for a replacement with the state.

What do you need to know when donating a vehicle in Delaware?

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 Delaware car donation, transfer your title by PRINTING and SIGNING your name in the seller/owner field, at the bottom of Section 1 (“ASSIGNMENT OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE”) and be sure to fill it out EXACTLY as it appears 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 vehicle doesn’t pass Delaware’s emissions requirement. Is it still ok to donate to a Delaware Public Radio station?

es! Delaware requires emissions testing on vehicles made after 1968 (except for diesels, which are required for vehicles 1997 or newer). Failure to pass is what relegates a lot of vehicles 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.

What are some good car donation resources in Delaware?

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