How to Donate a Car in North Carolina

Donating a vehicle to charity in North Carolina 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. In the presence of a notary, complete and sign your vehicle title.
  3. Note: If your vehicle is missing its title, you can obtain a duplicate from the North Carolina DMV. You can find out how at the North Carolina DMV website.

North Carolina has almost 3.4 million vehicles registered across the state. The average vehicle registered is 12 years old, a year or so over the national average. With that many cars registered, you know that there are hundreds of thousands of cars in North Carolina 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.

While the best part of donating a car in North Carolina 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: IMPORTANT! TITLES IN NORTH CAROLINA MUST BE NOTARIZED! DON’T SIGN IT UNTIL YOU’RE IN THE PRESENCE OF A NOTARY PUBLIC! In order to complete your North Carolina car donation, transfer your title by PRINTING and SIGNING your name in the SELLER section 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.

North Carolina Car Donation Resources

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

WCQS-FM (88.1)
Atlantic Beach
WBJD-FM (91.5)
WBUX-FM (90.5)
Chapel Hill
WUNC-FM (91.5)
WFAE-FM (90.7)
WDAV-FM (89.9)
WNCU-FM (90.7)
Elizabeth City
WRVS-FM (89.9)
WFSS-FM (91.9)
WFQS-FM (91.3)
WFHE-FM (90.3)
WKNS-FM (90.3)
WUND-FM (88.9)
WURI-FM (91.5)
New Bern
WTEB-FM (89.3)
WZNB-FM (88.5)
WCPE-FM (89.7)
Rocky Mount
WRQM-FM (90.9)
WNCW-FM (88.7)
WHQR-FM (91.3)
Winston - Salem
WFDD-FM (88.5)
WSNC-FM (90.5)
Other Charities
ALS Association, AS220, ASPCA: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Adoption RI, American Cancer Society, American Liver Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, Bert's Big Adventure, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Cars for Charity, Children's Wishes, Clean Ocean Access, Colorado Cristian Services, Commonweal, Concern Worldwide, D.A.R.E. Massachusetts, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Feed The Children, Francis House, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, James L. Maher Center, Longmont Humane Society, March of Dimes, Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), Mount Dora Children's Home, NPH USA, Nebraska Humane Society, North Shore Animal League America, Ocean State Theatre Co., Inc., One Laptop Per Child, PATH, PRI / PRX, Preserve Our Gas, RI PBS, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, Ronald McDonald House of Durham, Songs of Love, Special Olympics Rhode Island, The Mind Body Awareness Project, Toys for Tots, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, WORLD Magazine, We Share Hope

North Carolina Car Donation FAQs

Q: My car won’t pass North Carolina’s emissions inspection. Is it still ok to donate to a North Carolina Public Radio station?

Yes! In North Carolina, vehicles newer than 20 years old that are in one of 20 counties located near major metropolitan areas must have their emissions tested every year. If your car doesn’t pass and it’s currently clogging 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.