Car Donation
Car Donation

Car Donation FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions About Donating A Vehicle To Make-A-Wish

What type of vehicles can be donated?

We accept cars, trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, trailers, boats, motorcycles, and RVs. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please call us toll free at 1-855-772-9474.

What paperwork do I need to donate my vehicle?

In most cases we will need the title to the vehicle, but each state has its own requirements. Check out our vehicle donation title FAQ for more information. Even if you do not have title papers, call us anyway; other arrangements can be worked out in most cases. You may contact us by calling us toll free at 1-855-772-9474.

Can I donate my car if it doesn't run?

Yes, we are able to accept vehicles whether they run or not. To find out if we can accept your vehicle, please call 1-855-772-9474.

Can I deduct the car donation?

Yes, vehicles donated on this site are tax deductible.

How do you determine the value of my donated vehicle?

Now you don't have to because of the IRS Car Donation Tax Laws

Your car donation to an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity is still tax deductible and will fall into one of these categories:

  1. For vehicles sold for under $500, you can claim the fair market value up to $500.00 without any additional paperwork besides the receipt we will provide at the time of the pickup.
  2. If the gross proceeds for the sale of your donated vehicle exceeds $500.00, your deduction will be limited to the actual sale price. You will also be asked by the donee organization to provide your Social Security for the purposes of completing its IRS Form 1098-C form. If your vehicle is sold, all net proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

We will provide you with a receipt stating the final sales price of your vehicle within 30 days of its sale.

Do you pick up the car?

We will arrange to have your vehicle towed away at a scheduled time.

How do I schedule a pickup?

Call 1-855-772-9474 any time, day or night, and our representatives will assist you.

When does my liability for the vehicle end and who transfers the title?

On the day we receive your vehicle, our insurance provides coverage. We will handle all transfer documents according to your local state Department of Vehicle Services guidelines, and provide you with receipts and information for your tax deduction.

What Do I Do With My Vehicle Title?

Check out our vehicle donation title FAQ to get your vehicle title questions answered. If you have any other questions, contact our Title Department at 1-855-492-9474.

How much of the selling price of my donated vehicle goes to the local chapter of Make-A-Wish?

Car Donation Foundation (CDF), d/b/a (Wheels for Wishes), is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You receive a tax deduction for the total amount that your car sells for. See here for tax information.

            Wheels For Wishes thanks you for your generosity and truly appreciates your donations. While the costs of turning donated vehicles into cash are high compared to other forms of charity fundraising, through your donations, CDF d/b/a Wheels for Wishes has donated over $25,000,000 to local Make-A-Wish Chapters since 2010.

            Proceeds from donated vehicles go to CDF, which in turn provides direct cash donations to other charities such as individual Make-A-Wish Chapters.  The amount that your vehicle ultimately sells for is based upon its make, year, mileage and condition. These are sales proceeds from your vehicle.  CDF also has normal expenses involved in directly promoting the car donation program (advertising) and costs involved in turning your donated vehicle into cash (towing fees, auction fees, administrative costs).  CDF’s cash donations to Make-A-Wish Chapters are based upon the sale proceeds of all donated vehicles during a given month, less deductions for normal monthly costs such as towing, advertising, auction fees and administrative fees. Because of the difference in sales proceeds from one vehicle to the next and because of the costs involved in turning your donated vehicle into cash, the donation that CDF makes to Make-A-Wish Chapters from the sale of your individual vehicle can be close to 50%, for a higher value vehicle, or as low as 5% for a very low valued non-running scrap vehicle. The lower percentage is a result of there being minimum fixed costs incurred to obtain, tow and sell each car. These fixed costs can sometimes be a high percentage of the selling price of a low valued scrap vehicle. CDF does receive a large number of donated scrap vehicles, which can bring the estimated average donation per vehicle down to about 25% per vehicle.

Car donation programs do have higher costs to promote and operate, compared to other forms of charity fundraising. If you are concerned about giving 100% of the value of your vehicle to a charity, the best way to do so is to sell your vehicle yourself and directly donate your sale proceeds to your favorite charity.