Donating A Car in Utah

You listen to Utah Public Radio to hear award-winning national programming like All Things Considered and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. But you also rely on Utah Public Radio for local programming like Access Utah and Behind the Headlines. A vehicle donation to Utah Public Radio helps support that programming while allowing you to move along a car you’re not using any longer, as well as receiving a tax benefit.

Donating a vehicle to Utah Public Radio is an easy process, but you’ll want to be aware of a few specific steps

  1. Select the public radio station in Utah 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 from the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles. You can download the form at the Utah DMV website.
  4. Have your vehicle title 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 Utah 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

Can I donate things other than a car to Utah Public Radio?

YES! We’ll take just about anything. Utah has about 950,000 vehicles registered across the state, but that doesn’t include things like boats, ATVs and dirtbikes, which we’ll also accept as donations.

The average vehicle registered is 12.1 years old, a little less than a year older that the national average. With that many cars registered, there are tens of thousands of cars in Utah just sitting around that you wouldn’t pay to fix if somebody dared you. But forgotten, unused, unloved cars are a great source of funding for your favorite local public radio station.

What kind of paperwork do I need to complete to donate my car to Utah Public Radio? You’ll only need to fill out your vehicle title.

In order to complete your Utah car donation, transfer your title by PRINTING and SIGNING your name on the BACK of the title where it is marked "Signature of Seller." Make sure it’s EXACTLY as it appears printed on the front of the title.

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

The day of your scheduled vehicle pickup, you’ll need to provide the tow truck 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 an emissions test in Utah. Is it still ok to donate to a Utah Public Radio station?

Yes! Vehicles that are two years old all the way back to 1967 must have their emissions tested in Utah. If your vehicle won’t pass 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 Utah public radio station.

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

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