Donating Your Car To Public Radio in Ohio

Donating a car to a public radio station in Ohio is an easy way to support the reliable news and entertainment programming you count on. With an estimated 4.6 million vehicles registered across Ohio, there are thousands of cars sitting around in a driveway or backyard. Your used car, truck, RV, minivan, boat or just about any other type of vehicle can be a great source of funding for your local Ohio public radio station.

How difficult is it to donate a car in Ohio?

The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program returns 80% of the revenue generated from the sale of your car donation directly to the Ohio public radio station of your choice. Donating a car in Ohio will allow you to support the people who deliver the news, music, and podcasts to your radio every day! The second best part is how you can easily donate in four steps:

  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 simple.

Note: If your vehicle is missing its title, you can obtain a duplicate from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You can find out how at the Ohio BMV website.

What paperwork do I need for a Public Radio car donation in Ohio?

To complete the vehicle donation process, you’ll have to properly transfer your Ohio title. Ohio requires the title to be notarized, so do not sign the title until you’re in the presence of a notary! Here’s how you can fill out your title:

  • Transfer your title by printing and signing your name in the seller section on the back of the title beneath the section that says “ODOMETER CERTIFICATION”.
  • Make sure your name is signed exactly as it appears printed on the front of the title.

If you’re missing your vehicle title, you can obtain a duplicate from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You can find out how on the Ohio BMV website.

What should I do when my car 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.

Can I donate my car to an Ohio Public Radio station if it won’t pass an emissions test?

Yes! Ohio requires that cars between four and 25 years old must go through an E-Check emissions inspection. If your car won’t pass and is currently clogging your driveway, 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.

What stations does the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program support in Ohio?

The Car Talk Vehicle donation program will provide funds to the Ohio Public Radio station of your choice. WCBE - 90.5 FM reaches an estimated 120,000 listeners weekly in Central Ohio through its cultural and educational programming. The funds from the sale of your WCBE car donation will go towards supporting programs you love, like Cinema Classics, Space Radio, and Ante Meridiem.

WOSU - 89.7 FM has served Central Ohio through on-air and online content, community events, and educational resources. WOSU Radio delivers classical music, NPR news, and public affairs to the Central Ohio community. With over 200,000 weekly listeners, WOSU relies on support from donors like you to produce programs such as All Sides with Ann Fisher, Snollygoster, and Small Joys with Hanif Abdurraqib.