How to Donate a Car in Montana

Donating a vehicle to charity in Montana 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 Montana Department of Justice, Motor Vehicles Division. You can download an application for a replacement from the MVD website.

Montana has about 450,000 vehicles registered across the state. The average vehicle registered is 16.3 years old, some of the oldest in the country and more than five years older than the national average. That means there may be tens of thousands of cars sitting around in the state 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.

While the best part of donating a car in Montana 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.

Paperwork

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 Montana car donation, transfer your title by SIGNING your name in the correct field in the box labled “STEP 2 - OWNER(S) MILEAGE DISCLOSURE AND RELEASE OF INTEREST on the FRONT of the title, and make sure it’s EXACTLY as it appears printed on the front of the title. IMPORTANT: The title must also be NOTARIZED on the front.

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.

Montana Car Donation Resources

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

Montana Car Donation FAQs

Does my car have to be running or in good working condition?

No. We'll accept your vehicle in any condition and can arrange to have it towed if it's not running.

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.