Donate Your Car in Maine

You listen to Maine Public Radio to hear national programming like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, but you also enjoy locally produced Maine Public Radio programs like Maine Calling and Music that Moves ME. Donating a vehicle to Maine Public Radio helps to support these programs, while you enjoy a tax benefit based on the value of the vehicle you’ve donated.

How do I donate a vehicle to Maine Public Radio?

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

  1. Select the public radio station in Maine you’d like to support
  2. Complete and sign your vehicle title
  3. Note: If your vehicle is missing its title, you can obtain a duplicate online from the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Also, Maine only requires a title for vehicles 1995 or newer, so check with us to find out more. You can find out more about title replacement on the Maine Secretary of State’s website.
  4. Have your vehicle title and current registration ready.
  5. Click the link to the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program to get started, call us at 1-877-215-0227 or you can choose the Maine Public Radio Stations from the list below.
  6. Answer the questions about your car and yourself.
  7. Select a date and time to have your car picked up

What paperwork should I have ready when I donate a car to Maine Public Radio?

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 Maine car donation, transfer your title by PRINTING and SIGNING your name in the correct field on the BACK of the title, and make sure it’s EXACTLY as it appears printed at the top of the title.

What should I expect the day my donate vehicle is picked up?

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 a Maine Public Radio station?

Yes! Maine requires that vehicles 1996 or newer -- those equipped with OBDII diagnostics, in other words -- that are registered in Cumberland county have to be inspected annually for emissions performance. If your vehicle is gathering leaves and dust in your driveway because it wouldn't pass, or it won’t run at all, we’ll help you get rid of it and you’ll put it to good use. A vehicle donation is a great way to move that car along and support your favorite public radio station.

Can I donate vehicles other than a car?

YES!

Maine has fewer cars than just about anywhere else in the country, with around 390,000 cars registered. But because of Maine’s rich recreational activities, there are travel trailers, snowmobiles, ATVs, boats and all kinds of other vehicles laying around that we’d be happy to accept and turn into a donation to support Maine Public Radio.

The average vehicle in the Pine Tree State  is 11 years old, quite a bit newer than the national average, but there are still thousands of cars in the state that it would be financially foolish to fix. But forgotten, unused, unloved cars are a great source of funding for your favorite local public radio station.

While the best part of donating a car in Maine 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:

What Stations Does the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program support in Maine?

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