Donating Your Car To Public Radio in Tennessee

Turn your car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, RV, boat, or other vehicle into a source of revenue for your favorite Tennessee public radio station! Tennessee has an estimated 2.3 million vehicles registered across the state. The average vehicle registered is 12.7 years old, more than a year older than the national average. That math suggests there are thousands of cars in Tennessee just sitting around in a driveway or a cluttered garage. A car donation will support your local Tennessee public radio station and help keep the programming you love on air.

Public Radio Car Donation in Tennessee

The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program will return 80% of the proceeds generated from your car donation directly to the Tennessee public radio station of your choice. When you donate a car in Tennessee, you’ll provide support to the people who deliver your favorite news, music and podcasts to your radio each day. Donating a vehicle to public radio in Tennessee is an easy process, here’s how:

  1. Have your vehicle title ready.
  2. Click the link to the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program to get started, call us at 1-877-215-0227, or select the Tennessee Public Radio station you’d like to support from the list below.
  3. Provide some information about yourself and your vehicle.
  4. Choose a time and date to have your car picked up.

Told you it was easy!

What paperwork is needed for my car donation?

To complete your Tennessee car donation, you’ll need to transfer your vehicle title. You can do this by following these steps:

  • PRINTING and SIGNING your name in the SIGNATURE OF SELLER(S) section on the back of the title.
  • Make sure your name is EXACTLY as it appears printed on the front of the title.

If you’re missing the vehicle title, you can obtain a duplicate from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. You can download the form on the Tennessee DOR website.

What will happen when my car is picked up?

On the day your vehicle is scheduled to be picked up, you’ll need to give the driver the completed title along with the keys to the car. After the vehicle is sold, you'll receive a donation receipt for tax purposes.

Can I donate a car to a Tennessee public radio station if my car won’t pass an emissions inspection?

Yes! If your vehicle is from 1975 or newer and registered in Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson or Wilson counties, you’re currently required to have your car’s emissions tested. If your vehicle won’t run and it’s clogging up your driveway, we’ll still take it. A vehicle donation is a great way to move that car along and support your favorite Tennessee public radio station.

Does the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program support my local public radio station in Tennessee?

The Car Talk Vehicle donation program will return the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle to the Tennessee Public Radio station of your choice. WPLN - 90.3 FM has been Nashville’s source of music, news, and cultural programs for over 50 years. A car donation to WPLN will benefit your favorite programs like Curious Nashville, The Promise, and Tokens.

WUOT - 91.9 FM reaches listeners throughout East Tennessee and areas of Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. The station delivers classical and jazz music, news, and public affairs. Your WUOT car donation will support programming such as Improvisations and Studio 865/Flipside.