Donate a Car To Public Radio in Illinois

If you have a car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle, RV, travel trailer, boat, or another vehicle you don’t use anymore, you can donate it to your favorite Illinois public radio station. Vehicle donation is a quick and easy way to get rid of your car, support your local NPR station, and receive a tax deduction!

All you have to do is select your station, provide information about your vehicle, schedule a pickup, and sign your title! Your car donation will directly support the Illinois Public Radio - 91.9 FM news, music, and entertainment programs you love.

How does a vehicle donation support Illinois Public Radio?

There are an estimated 4.5 million cars registered in Illinois. The average car in the Land of Lincoln is 10.9 years old. That’s significantly newer than the national average, but it still means that there are hundreds of thousands of cars that it would be financially foolish to fix. However, forgotten, unused, or unloved cars are worth donating to your favorite local public radio station.

A donation through the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program will deliver 80% of the revenue generated directly to the Illinois public radio station of your choice. While the best part of donating a car in Illinois 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.

How to Donate a Car to Illinois Public Radio - WUIS 91.9 FM

You’ll need to sign your vehicle title when you donate a car. Here’s how:

  • To complete your Illinois car donation, transfer your title by printing and signing your name at the bottom of the BOS which is found on the front of the title.
  • Be sure your name is signed exactly the same as it appears printed at the top of the title.

If your vehicle is older than 35 years, Illinois does not issue a title. More information on title requirements in Illinois is available.

What paperwork do I need to complete my car donation to Illinois Public Radio?

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.

How will my car be picked up after I donate to NPR?

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 emissions. Is it still ok to donate to an Illinois Public Radio station?

Yes! Illinois requires that cars pass emissions testing every two years. Test failure often results in cars being relegated to driveway duty. Even if you have a vehicle that won’t run, a vehicle donation is a great way to move that car along and support your favorite public radio station.

What programs does a car donated through the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program support?

The Car Talk Vehicle donation program will provide funds to the Illinois Public Radio station of your choice. WUIS is owned by the University of Illinois Springfield and reaches over 600,000 people across 16 counties. Programs such as Statewide, Stink Bug, The X, and State Week are produced by NPR Illinois and benefit from your donation to the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program.

WBEZ is Chicago’s NPR station and relies on funding from listeners to deliver the news and programs you love. Chicago Public Media is the birthplace of iconic shows such as This American Life and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me. Other programs that benefit from your car donation include Consider This, Curious City, and Art of Power.