How to i donate a car in California car donation is easy in the “Golden State”. Keep in mind that when you donate your car in CA, you’ll receive a tax receipt. With the huge number of programs out there vying for your vehicle donation, it may be hard to figure out the best organization to donate your car to. How do we choose who’s the best? We look for organizations that will best use the money raised from your vehicle donation to help change the lives of others. Organizations like the American Cancer Society, V-Dac (Vehicle Donation to Any Charity), Car Talk, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, the North Shore Animal League and many more.
The state of California DOES require a Certificate of Title in order to transfer ownership of your vehicle. If your vehicle was last titled in the state of CA we can accept a Reg 262 and Reg 227 form in place of the title. These are secure forms that can be obtained at any local DMV office. We ask that your license plates remain on the vehicle at the time of pick-up UNLESS they are personalized.
In order to complete your California car donation, transfer your title by entering the name of our authorized agent, ADVANCED REMARKETING SERVICES in the buyer/purchaser field. Please PRINT and SIGN your name in the seller/owner field EXACTLY as it appears at the top of the title.
1. Who will benefit from my California (CA) car donation?
Your tax deductible donation will go a long way in helping the breast cancer charity you are passionate about. Our main goal is to improve the lives of as many breast cancer patients as possible by uniting dozens of supporting foundations under one unique program. Read more…
2. Will there be any cost to me?
There are absolutely no costs for you. Just fill out the online car donation form,or call one of our friendly Vehicle Donation Operators and they will help with your concerns.
3. What condition does my car have to be in to donate it?
We accept most vehicles running or not (exceptions include fire damaged or stripped vehicles). To find out for sure, fill out the online car donation form, or call one of our friendly vehicle donation operators.
4. What documents do I need to donate my car in CA?
We would like the title/pink slip to the vehicle, but it is possible to donate without them. Just call one of our friendly vehicle donation operators toll-free at 888-675-7103 seven days a week and he/she will guide you through the easy donation process. On arrival the tow truck driver who is professionally licensed, bonded and insured, will help you with all paperwork.
5. What if I don’t have my title/pink slip?
It is possible to donate without the title/pink slip. Please call one of our friendly vehicle donation operators toll-free at 888-675-7103 seven days a week and they will assist you.
7. Can you explain the procedure for picking up my donated car?
Once you have called us or filled out our online automobile donation form, you will be contacted by one of our representatives who will arrange to have your vehicle towed away by a professionally licensed, bonded and insured towing company. You will be given a receipt which is a release of liability and shows the IRS that you are authorized for a charitable deduction. Got questions? Just call one of our friendly Operators and they will go over the process with you.
8. How long will it take for you to pick up my car?
Once you have contacted us, one of our trained operators will arrange to have your vehicle towed away at your convenience by a professionally licensed, bonded and insured towing company.
9. Do I have any liability issues to worry about?
When your vehicle is picked up by our certified towing company, you will be given a receipt that releases you from future liability of your donated vehicle.
10. Is my donation tax deductible in California?
Yes, your car, boat or auto donation goes to benefit a bona fide charitable organization classified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. However, individual tax situations may vary so please check with a tax professional to determine what if any tax benefit you may receive from a tax deductible donation.
11. How do I figure out the IRS requirements for a charitable donation in CA?
The IRS provides a Donor’s Guide to Car Donations which sets forth the manner in which the IRS requires you to determine the value of your donated property. Here are some useful links:
Publication 526, Charitable Contributions (PDF)
Publication 561, Determining The Value of Donated Property (PDF)
Publication 4303, A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations (PDF)
Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions (PDF)
Instructions for Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions (PDF)
If you still have questions, please call one of our friendly vehicle donation operators toll-free at 888-675-7103 seven days a week and he/she will help you on your IRS charitable donation tax questions.
12. How do I estimate the value of my car?
Online assistance with vehicle values can be found at:
Kelly Blue Book
13. How do I contact you to schedule a pick-up?
Fill out our online donation form, or call one of our friendly vehicle donation operators toll-free at 888-675-7103 seven days a week and we will guide you through the donation process.
14. What type of donation do you accept?We gladly accept all donations! Whatever you donate will help someone in a desperate circumstance. Examples of vehicle donations include the following:
Jet Ski Donation
Motor home Donation
Heavy Equipment Donation
15. Useful California information sites:
California Department of Motor Vehicles: Official Driving and Licensing information for the state of California.
California Vehicle Title Information: Provides useful information about vehicle title you will need to know for car donations in California.
Vehicle Title Forms for California: Forms that might be useful to you for car donations in the state of California such as title salvage application, replacement title application and others.