How to Donate a Car in Missouri

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

  1. Pick a charity you'd like to support. We provide a list of public radio stations and other charities below.
  2. Complete and sign your vehicle title.
  3. Note: If your vehicle is missing its title, you can obtain a duplicate online from the Missouri Department Revenue. You can learn more about title replacement at the the Missouri Department of Revenue website.

Missouri has over 2 million vehicles registered across the state. The average vehicle in the North Star State is 12.2 years old, more than a year older than the national average. That means there are tens of thousands of cars in the state you probably wouldn’t bother fixing. 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 Missouri 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:

  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 easy.


Of course, there’s a bit of paperwork you need to fill out. 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 Missouri car donation, transfer your title by PRINTING and SIGNING your name in the correct field of the at the bottom of the “ASSIGNMENT” box on the BACK of the title, and make sure it’s EXACTLY as it appears printed on the front of the title.

Day of Pickup

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.

Missouri Car Donation Resources

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

KSMS-FM (90.5)
Cape Girardeau
KRCU-FM (90.9)
KRNW-FM (88.9)
KBIA-FM (91.3)
KOPN-FM (89.5)
Kansas City
KCUR-FM (89.3)
KXCV-FM (90.5)
KMST-FM (88.5)
KSMU-FM (91.1)
St. Louis
KWMU-FM (90.7)
Sainte Genevieve
KSEF-FM (88.9)
KTBG-FM (90.9)
West Plains
KSMW-FM (90.9)

Missouri Car Donation FAQs

Do you accept any vehicle, anywhere?

Yes, we accept cars, trucks, boats, planes, motorcycles, RVs, and heavy farm equipment, running or not. Just nothing by Fisher Price. No smog certificate is necessary. We pick up vehicles anywhere in the country, with very few exceptions.

How much money from my car donation goes to my local public radio station?

We're very proud that our program returns the largest percentage of gross proceeds to stations. We are all public radio employees, and fans. We are doing this because we love your station as much as you do. There are costs and fees that have to be deducted during the car donation process. We have to pay for car pickup or towing, title transfer, auction or dismantling fees, and other costs associated with the program. However, when it's all said and done, we return a minimum of 70% of the gross proceeds to the station, a number that makes your station very happy.

My car won’t pass emissions. Is it still ok to donate to a Missouri Public Radio station?

Yes! Vehicles in Missouri 1996 or newer (1997 for diesels) that are registered in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County or Jefferson County are required to pass an emissions test. If your vehicle is currently cluttering up your driveway because it failed, 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.