Car Donation: Your Questions Answered

Everyday Car Donation Wizard gets hundreds of questions about car donations. Questions about the donation process, tax deductions, pickup times and how much money goes back to our charity partners. Here is a list of the top questions Car Donation Wizard gets asked:

How easy is it to donate a vehicle?

Donating a vehicle is really easy! There are two ways for you to start the donation process. You can call one of our customer service representatives at 1-877-957-2277 and they can help you complete the donation form online, or you can complete the form online here

What types of vehicles can I donate?

We accept trucks, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, trailers, and recreational vehicles. Boats and planes need to meet minimum criteria so call us before you begin the donation process.

Once I have completed my donation form, how long does it take for my car to be picked up?

Within 24-48 hours you will be contacted by a towing company to arrange a pickup. Your car will be picked up free of charge and you can either hand over the title to the tow driver or you can send it into our offices in Rhode Island, whichever works best for you. 

What paperwork do I need to donate my vehicle?

Most states require that you have a clear title to the vehicle, but some states also require a notarized signature to complete the donation. You will receive an email from Car Donation Wizard with a state specific title example and instructions to help you transfer over your title to Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc. , authorized agent for all of the charities.

What if I don’t have the title to my vehicle?

If you cannot locate or have lost the certificate of title, give us a call and we can help you obtain the proper documentation. Certain states require the donor get a new title, while others may just require some paper work to be filled out. Our customer service representatives are trained in all 50 states and will be able to answer any of your questions.

Does the car have to be in running condition?

At Car Donation Wizard we take all types of vehicles, running, non-running, classics, and even end of life vehicles. The vehicle does however need to be in towing condition and have four inflated tires. For end of life vehicles we work with a network of nationwide licensed dismantlers and recyclers who will recycle your vehicle properly. 

For more information about vehicle recycling, visit our environment page.

Do I need to be with the car when it gets picked up?

Once the you have received a pick up time, you do not have to be present for the actual pick up. The vehicle must be accessible for the the tow truck, and you will be notified when it has been picked up.

How does the tax write-off work?

Within two to three weeks of your car donation, your car will be sold either through our network of direct buyers or through an auction.

If your car sells for less than $500, you will be notified by one of our customer service representatives. You can take a tax deduction equal to the ‘fair market value’ of your donation up to $500. Fair Market Value is loosely explained as the “Blue Book” or “Guide Book” value of your vehicle. 

If the vehicle sells for over $500 you will be given a written acknowledgement (receipt) including the amount the vehicle was sold for. This a requirement by the IRS. The receipt will include:

1) The gross selling price of the vehicle. If under $500 then you can declare ‘fair market value.’

2) The year, make, model, and Vin information

3) A statement that the vehicle was sold at arms length between two unrelated parties

4) And a statement that no goods or services were received in return for your donation

Regardless of the amount your car sells for, you need to call our offices in Rhode Island so that we can prepare your 1098c tax deduction form for your car donation.

For more information about tax deductions visit our tax information page.

Where does the money go and how much of it actually goes to the charity?

At Car Donation Wizard  we give back over 80% of the gross proceeds to our charity partners. We take pride in this number and work hard to maintain it. We work with hundreds of top brand charities like the American Cancer Society, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity International. Whether you are looking to donate to children in need, to fight cancer, to end hunger, to save animals, or to veterans, we work with the most respected local and national non-profit organizations. Take a look at our long list of charites to see which charity speaks to you.

What are the fees associated with using Car Donation Wizard?

There are NO fees associated with donating your vehicle. Towing is completely free!

For more information call us today 1-877-957-2277 or email us at






Unique Car Donation: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300 TD

Every month we pick out our favorite car donation to share with our donors. This month a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon was donated to the American Cancer Society and sold for $2,300 at auction.

The 300TD was the first Mercedes Turbo Diesel in production, and the only vehicle available with automatic transmission at the time. Immediately after its release in 1976, the Mercedes-Benz 300TD was in high demand and subsequently a black market was created in Germany. Those who wanted to buy a brand new 300TD faced a 12 month waiting list. The black market was able to provide slightly used Mercedes to those who did not want to wait, albeit at a premium.

The 1982 300TD is part of the W123 series. This line of vehicles were the most successful that Mercedes manufactured and 2.7 million were sold before they were replaced by the W124 in 1985.

Think this car looks familiar? The Mercedes 300TD was so popular in the U.S that the sedan version was Porky Pig’s car in the Looney Tunes!

The American Cancer Society fights back against cancer through awareness, research and its devotion to cancer patients and those affected by cancer. Raising a dollar is more difficult than making a dollar, that’s why car donation is an important source of revenue for our charity partners.  Events like Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raise vital money and awareness for cancer research, and donating your car can do the same. With over 80% of the gross proceeds going back to our charities, we are the number one car donation program in the country.

For more information about the American Caner Society’s Cars for a cure program, click here.




Starting a Vehicle Donation Program

Lately Car Donation Wizard has been receiving a lot of phone calls from nonprofit organizations who want to learn about the vehicle donation process and how they can get involved. So we decided to let all nonprofits know just how easy it is to set up a Vehicle Donation Program with Car Donation Wizard.

Vehicle donation is one of the easiest ways for charities to help fund their nonprofit missions or to help with program expenses.

Car Donation Wizard is partnered with national charity programs like the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity International, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and March of Dimes just to name a few. Car Donation Wizard gives back over 80% of the gross proceeds to our charity partners.

For small to medium sized organizations we recommend that they sign up for a vehicle donation program with V-DAC. V-DAC is a Fundraising Counsel, registered with the State of California, Office of the Attorney General and is not a Commercial Fund Raiser. It provides a service that allows any charity, church or school in the country to have a vehicle donation program.  We have partnered with V-DAC to make the benefits of vehicle donation available to all sized nonprofits.

V-DAC runs the vehicle donation programs for ASPCA, Car Talk, National Public Radio, Food Banks, YMCA’s, schools and hundreds of small, medium and large charities across the Unites States.

Setting up a vehicle donation program is easy. You can contact a representative from Car Donation Wizard or from V-DAC and we will walk you through signing your charity up. There are no contracts and we set up your donation page for you.

It is that simple.

Vehicle donation has no upfront costs and we get paid per car, so if you do not get any car donations we don’t get paid.

“It is harder to raise a dollar than to make a dollar”-Joseph D. Hearn, President and C.E.O of Advanced Remarketing Services. Inc. so keep that in mind if you are considering starting a car donation program. The benefits of having a car donation program can help fund your nonprofit’s mission, with little or no upfront costs.

We are the highest returning car donation program and that’s why the best charities want to work with Car Donation Wizard.

Contact Car Donation Wizard: 877.709.2277 or email

Contact V-DAC510-412-2140 or email


Where should you donate your car?

Donating your car can seem like a daunting experience; you want to make sure that the charity you pick gets a high percentage of the proceeds and that you get the maximum tax deduction. With so many car donation programs to choose from, it is hard to figure out which ones really help the charities and which ones are just in it to make a profit.

Here is a quick overview of Car Donation Wizard’s program and some tips to help you navigate the car donation process:

  1. CDW only partners with respected 501(c)(3) charities. If you are looking at car donation programs and are unsure or unfamiliar with the name of the charity or what they do, check out Charity Navigator to get answers. At CDW you can choose from our long list of partners, everything from Habitat for Humanity International, The American Caner Society to the ASPCA. You will find a charity that speaks to you.
  2. Our donation process is simple. All you have to do is follow three easy steps to complete your donation:
      1. Fill out the donation form online or over the telephone.
      2. Transfer over your title to Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc.
      3. 24-48 hours your vehicle will be picked up.
  3. We sell our vehicles through auctions and to licensed dismantlers and recyclers. We assess every vehicle that comes through our doors to get the highest value for both the charity and for you. Once your car is sold, we will notify you and prepare your 1098c tax deduction form.

Assessing every vehicle allows us to get top dollar for our vehicles and give back over 80% of the gross proceeds to our charity partners. When looking at other car donation programs ask what percentage of the gross proceeds go back to the charity.  The nations largest non-profit organizations partner with us because of our commitment to returns, reliability and consistency.

Do research before you donate your vehicle and if you have any questions about our vehicle donation program, please call us on 877.709.2277 or email us at










American Cancer Society: Cars for A Cure

Every day the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates a world with more birthdays in it. In 2012 Car Donation Wizard joined forces with the American Cancer Society to reintroduce the Cars for a Cure program.

Here are some facts and figures that demonstrate the amazing work that the American Cancer Society does and how donating your car today can help achieve even more.

  • Nearly 14 million people in the US who have had cancer- and countless more who have avoided it – will be celebrating birthdays this year.
  • The American Cancer Society had awarded more than $3.8 billion in research grants since 1945.
  • The American Cancer Society offers free lodging to more than 40,000 patients in 31 locations throughout the US through it’s Hope Lodges.
  • The American Cancer Society offers 1 million free transportation services throughout the US.
  • In 2014 one of the nations leading drug stores, CVS Caremark, stated that it will no longer be selling tobacco products or cigarettes at it’s drug stores, a campaign that the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network has worked tirelessly to achieve. In October 2014 CVS Caremark will be the first national drug store to take the step towards “the fight to save lives from the devastating effects of tobacco use”.

With all of the great results that the American Cancer Society has achieved they need funds to support their efforts, here are some of the fun and easy ways to give back:

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is held throughout the country and is a great way for communities and individuals to give back and raise money and awareness for cancer research.

This year Car Donation Wizard has a Relay for Life team. We have been campaigning for months, working with local businesses trying to raise money for cancer research and other programs run by the American Cancer Society. Everything from dress down days to raffles, we are raising money for our Cars for a Cure team and having fun at the same time!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

This is an annual walk that takes place across the Unites States. Survivors, caregivers and those affected by breast cancer come out to support the American Cancer Society’s mission “to create a world with more birthday’s in it”.

Vehicle Donation

We are a proud partner of the American Cancer Society’s Cars For a Cure vehicle donation program. Vehicle donation is one of the easiest ways to give back to your favorite organization. Donate a car, truck, boat, motorcycle, trailer, airplane, motor-home or other vehicle today and help the American Cancer Society continue to save lives.


If you or someone you know have any questions about cancer or would like someone to talk to,  call the American Cancer Society’s 24/7 hotline.

You might also link: Spotlight on our partner: The American Cancer Society