Happy 4th of July from Car Donation Wizard!

Happy Independence day from all of us at Car Donation Wizard! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

It’s no secret that we have the best vehicle donors. They have generously supported the great nonprofits we work with through the donation of vehicles like these festive red, white and blue donated cars.


2003 Subaru Legacy from Boston, MA generously donated to WBUR

1991 Jeep Cherokee donated in Dallas, TX generously donated to the ASPCA


2003 Hyundai Santa Fe from Fort Myers, FL generously donated to the American Cancer Society

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit from Minneapolis, MN generously donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes


2005 Suzuki DRZ from Mobile, AL generously donated to V-DAC’s Special Operations Warrior Foundation

1992 Mazda Miata from Newark, DE generously donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes

Car Donations That Benefit Religious Charities

With the many organizations out there, it can be hard to narrow down just one to donate a car to. That’s why were shining the spotlight on some of the best organizations that benefit religious missions and organizations. These organizations not only accept vehicle donations, but use them to continue sharing their voice and values.

Here are a few religious mission based charities that you can donate a vehicle to today:

World Magazine is a news organization that helps journalists cover all aspects of the news: national, international, and cultural; politics and business; medicine, science, technology, and sports with feisty columns and religious reflections.

Donate a car to World Magazine

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Donate a car to the Salvation Army

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research.

Donate a car to National Jewish Health

To search for more religious organization accepting car donations, click here.

How to Donate Boats, Jet Skiis, Sea-Doos and more!

In general, we try to accept all donations for boats and personal watercraft, but there are certain scenarios where boats actually cost more to transport than would re-sell. We require that boats be out of the water, on a trailer, and that you have ownership documentation per your state’s regulations, so we can lawfully process your boat and trailer. We can help tow and process all boat donations that meet our requirements (see below), including boats of unusually high value or notoriety, such as classic wooden boats. Visit our charity selection page to find out more about the amazing organizations you can donate a boat to such as: the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Car Talk, Feed the Children and more!

What we need to know about your boat donation:

  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • Length
  • Fiberglass or wood hull?
  • Inboard or outboard?
  • Is the boat out of the water? Yes/No
  • Trailer? Yes/No
  • Condition of boat – a) interior b) exterior c) mechanical
  • Title for boat? Yes/No
  • Title for trailer? Yes/No
  • Estimated value
  • Can you tow the boat to our facility for us?

Start your boat donation to charity today by calling one of our vehicle donation specialists at 877-957-2277! If you’d prefer to send us this information by e-mail, one of our vehicle donation specialists will get back to you at your convenience. Click here to e-mail this information to a specialist.

Making Vehicle Donation Easy

If you’ve got questions on the vehicle donation process, we’ve got answers. Car donation is as simple as submitting a vehicle contribution form via the web OR over the phone (877-709-2277), whichever is convenient for you. It takes just a few minutes and some basic information about the vehicle you choose to donate. Before you know it your car donation will be one of the many reasons you bring a smile to a family in need.

Once your contribution form is complete you can simply return the required forms to our processing center. Your vehicle information is then assessed and we choose the best path in order to get your vehicle’s highest possible return. You will be contacted by one of our fast and courteous towing facilities closest to your area where arrangements are then made to schedule a pickup. We stay in contact with you, the donor, throughout this process.  Once your vehicle is picked up and sold, you will receive a receipt stating your deduction amount. This receipt can be used in conjunction with your income tax. We strive to bring the best customer service and make this process as smooth as possible.

For more information on our charitable partners click here.

Cars for Homes

How the American Cancer Society’s Cars for a Cure Program Works

Recently donated car to the American Cancer Society
We gratefully accept almost all car donations. We also accept donated trucks, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, trailers and recreational vehicles. Boats and planes may require a call to see if they meet minimum criteria.
Your vehicle does not have to be running, but it must be whole and have four inflated tires so it can be moved by our towing operators. You will be asked to explain the condition of the vehicle. In rare cases, we are unable to accept a vehicle donation when the costs of transport and processing fees exceed the auction value of the vehicle.
All vehicle donations are processed as quickly as possible. Typically, we will pick up your vehicle within 2 or 3 days after the title is received by our processing center in Rhode Island. You can speed up the process by downloading documents online. Special arrangements can be made whenever car donations must be made quickly.
Our Car Donation Wizard will tell you what is required in your state. Most states require that you have a clear title to the vehicle; some states also require a notarized signature to complete a donation. If you cannot locate or have lost the certificate of title, we can help you obtain the proper documentation.
Donating a vehicle to charity can be a confusing decision. Many charity car donation programs promise to help the charities, but are run by third party processors that return very little to the non-profit. With most vehicle donation programs, the charity typically receives between 15 and 35% of the gross selling price to fund their charitable mission. The rest is consumed by third party ‘fees’. Car Donation Wizard consistently delivers between 75 and 80% of the gross selling price for car donations back to the charity. We take our responsibility to bring the highest return back to the organization very seriously, and we are proud to run the most efficient vehicle donation program in the country. View our car donation tips for more info on how to maximize your charitable contribution.
If you itemize deductions on your income tax return, it may be possible to claim a tax deduction for your charitable car donation. In general, donors who itemize their taxes may deduct the fair market value of any donated car up to $499. If your vehicle sells for more than $500, you may deduct the full selling price.
We use a fully licensed and insured national transportation network that complies with all federal and state regulations. By signing the title directly to Advanced Remarketing Services, our authorized agent, you are legally transferring ownership of your vehicle. When your title is received and your vehicle is picked up, you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.

Car Donation to UNICEF USA: Helping Save Children from Disease

For a baby with tetanus, any movement – even a smile – can trigger repeated, excruciating convulsions.

Typically contracted when babies are delivered in unsanitary conditions, tetanus is a cruel, painful disease that kills 160 newborns every day. It strikes in poor and remote areas that have limited access to health care.

With the help of UNICEF, we can stop tetanus. An affordable and highly effective vaccine can protect a woman and any babies conceived after she is immunized. And yet, every nine minutes, another baby dies – because his or her mother did not get the tetanus vaccine.

PLEASE HELP: Donate now and help UNICEF and our partners reach children that need critical immunizations.

This is World Immunization Week – seven days when individuals and communities come together to spread awareness and promote access to vaccines.

Right now, all over the world, children’s lives are threatened by disasters – floodwaters in Mozambique, hunger and cold in Syrian refugee camps, and the aftermath of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines.

This is when children are most vulnerable, and killer diseases are most devastating. And it is when children most need your help.

Simple vaccines are the best weapon to safeguard children from deadly diseases that can spread like wildfire in emergency situations. But the crises in Syria and elsewhere have severely stretched UNICEF’s resources. Without your help right now – children will be left unprotected.

UNICEF buys enough vaccines to protect more than one third of the world’s children. That’s 2 billion doses purchased every year. Still, one in five children is not protected against killer diseases.

UNICEF has the global presence and know-how to ultimately reach every last child.

For more ways to benefit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s life-saving vaccines, donate a car or other vehicle to UNICEF on Car Donation Wizard.

start your car donation to unicef

Vehicle Donation Spotlight: ’48 Buick Roadmaster

When this custom 1948 navy blue Buick Roadmaster came through our processing center, we knew we had to feature it.

The 1948 Buick Roadmaster was a pre-WWII design but it received the famous Dynaflow transmission, which was the first torque-converter automatic transmission on an American-built car. The engine is a 320.2 cubic-inch, in-line eight with a power rating of 144-150 hp. (Source)

donate a car to car talk

car donation to car talk

It’s unique chrome accents and the sleek hot rod style attract collectors looking for in an original antique car. This car was generously donated to Car Talk‘s Texas Public Radio.

Car Donation Wizard Staff Celebrates $50M Raised for Charity

Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc. Staff

When we passed the milestone of raising $50 million dollars for charity through vehicle donations, we knew we had to celebrate. Everyone at Car Donation Wizard woks tirelessly to make sure we provide the best customer service to our incredibly generous donors. Each vehicle is processed by hand and a senior staff member helps determine what route, via recycling or auction, the donated vehicle will take. Everyone from computer programmers, to accountants to customer service, to marketing and logistics has a hand in the success of vehicle donations and we couldn’t be more proud of our staff.

Thanks to everyone for helping us reach this incredible milestone!

Happy Earth Day from your Friends at Car Donation Wizard

From all of us at Car Donation Wizard, Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day from Car Donation Wizard!

What are you doing to help make better choices for a longer lasting and greener planet?

Here at Car Donation Wizard, we’re proud to work for a company that not only responsibly recycles donated vehicles, but practices what they preach by bringing in recycling practices to the work place.

Some of the ways we reduce our carbon footprint are:

1) Use of car pools for employees that live in nearby areas.

2) Use of ceramic coffee mugs, and plastic lunch containers instead of disposable paper products.

3) Drinking tap water from re-usable water bottles, instead of buying plastic water bottles.

4) In the warmer months, walking and biking to work more often than driving.

5) Recycling all recyclable products that come into the office – paper, boxes, plastics.

6) Using recycled paper products and eco-friendly soaps in the bathrooms.

7) Replace standard light bulbs with energy efficient ones.

8) Monthly discussions on how to reduce waste and impact of the entire organization.

We hope that if you don’t work or live in a place where eco-friendly choices are made that you will make a change in honor of this years Earth Day!


Car Donation Tax Deductions: Tax Day

With the 2012 filing deadline today, we thought it might be helpful to describe how car donations and tax deductions work to your benefit.

For questions not answered here, please feel free to call us at: 877-957-2277.

If you donated a car in 2012 to a charity featured on Car Donation Wizard, such as: Habitat for Humanity, Car Talk, NPR, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, American Cancer Society or any of our other great partners, you were provided with a tax deductible receipt listing the gross selling price for your vehicle. Any 501(c)(3) charity (re: reputable charity), will provide you with a tax deducible receipt for your donation. Based on tax laws, the IRS states that you are eligible to deduct the fair market value of your donated vehicle.

It’s good practice to always consult a tax adviser or the IRS for more information about how you can claim charitable deductions for your vehicle donation. The IRS can answer your tax questions and can provide tax forms, publications, and other reading materials for further assistance. IRS materials are accessible through the Internet at www.irs.gov, through telephone ordering at (800) 829-3676, and at IRS walk-in offices in many areas across the country.

Tax Related Car Donation Help Links

If you have additional question about deductions and IRS Regulations the following links may be of assistance:

IRS Publication 4303, A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations (PDF)
Publication 526, Charitable Contributions (PDF)
Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property (PDF)
Form 8283 Non cash Charitable Contributions (PDF)
Instructions for Form 8283, Non cash Charitable Contributions (PDF)