Motor for your Mission

February 29, 2016

Author: Joe Hearn

No matter how much we may care about curing cancer, eliminating poverty or ending homelessness, if there are no funds, no good work will be done. Charitable organizations know the only way to tackle the massive issues that plague the world today is to scale up. The organization must be big enough, be well known enough and powerful enough to impact our largest social challenges. But as any business owner knows, you need to invest in order to grow a business. That is where the problem lies for fundraisers.

In a bad year, when donations are down, you’re expected to raise even more revenue with an even smaller budget and even fewer resources. That’s why vehicle donation could be a great way for you to increase revenue in a very cost effective way.

You may be thinking:  “A car donation program sounds complicated and costly.”  Well it can be.  But just like any other fundraising program, the key is to partner with proven experts who will help you navigate the potential pitfalls without breaking the bank.

With over 45 years of experience in vehicle recycling, Car Donation Wizard (powered by Advanced Remarketing Services) has consistently returned 80% of the gross value of every vehicle back to our non-profit partners.  Our top charity partners have seen an amazing 40% year over year growth in revenue. We make launching a vehicle donation program easy, managing all the details for a simple per vehicle cost that is easy to track. Vehicle donation is a great opportunity that every non-profit should consider.

Donors are looking for you!

Every year thousands of cars end up in a junkyard, landfill or scrapyard. A record 17  million new cars, trucks and SUVs were sold in the U.S. in 2015.[i] Every new vehicle represents another car that the owner is selling or replacing. Each one of those could mean another auto donation for your charitable organization and more money funding your mission.

The great thing about vehicle donation is that there’s a large market of people who want to donate their cars. They’re just looking for the right charity to give it to.  When a person has a clunker in their driveway, or are faced with the burden of selling a car they don’t need, they begin to search for ways to donate their cars. Every month there are over 165,000 searches on Google for “car donations” and other similar keywords. For a charity with a vehicle donation program this means that instead of trying to convince people to donate, donors are looking for you. The question is: Are they finding your charity or someone else?

Realizing that people are looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of old vehicles, Advanced Remarketing Services created which provides a portal for consumers to:

  1. Find a charity worthy of their auto donation
  2. Make a single phone call or fill out an online form
  3. Get their vehicle picked up

For you, the charity, does much more. For years the content on the portal has been optimized to drive search traffic and now it’s consistently in the top 10 for “car donation” search terms on Google. That means less of your fundraising budget is spent in building awareness for your car donation program. Spending less on advertising is one way that we keep fundraising costs low and return 80% of the vehicle’s value back to you.

“For years we ran our own car donation program and had hired staff that managed it.  Unfortunately during the economic downturn we realized that we couldn’t afford to continue the program.  Frankly, it did not have a good cost per dollar raised (CPDR) and was too difficult to manage.  Soon thereafter we contracted with Car Donation Wizard and relaunched our vehicle donation program with them as a pilot.  They managed all the details.  For a minimal per vehicle cost we were able to manage the program with a single staff person, me. During the worst of the economic downturn this program kept beating all of our year over year projections at a lower expense ratio than our direct response program, our peer to peer fundraising events and our major gift programs.  To me, a car donation program just makes good sense.”

Director of Income Development at a prominent national cancer organization.

Do It Yourself?

Recognizing the immense potential for revenue in vehicle and auto donations, many charities have chosen to manage their own car donation programs. This entails hiring staff to manage vehicles being donated, hiring a third-party towing company or wrecking yard to pick up those vehicles and then paying to have the cars stored until they can be sold at auction or broken down for parts. This means salary and benefit costs, vendor costs, storage costs and much more. Each of these costs chips away at the value of the donated vehicle, until in the end, your fundraising expenditures have just about eaten away all of the value of the donation.

On the other hand, Car Donation Wizard manages all those pieces not just for you but for dozens of other charities like the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, ASPCA and the March of Dimes. Managing all of these services, for thousands of car donations, reduces the cost to you. In addition, our intimate knowledge of the vehicle recycling and the auto auction industries helps get the most value out of each vehicle donated, returning 80% of the value of the vehicle back to you.

We send all donation receipts, handle all customer calls, and provide you with all the donor contact information so that you can continue to grow your relationship with your donor. Every step of the process is completely transparent. Every month you will receive a detailed report telling you exactly what vehicle was donated, its gross value, and the exact costs incurred in selling or recycling that vehicle.

Some auction companies run their own vehicle donation programs and then charge the buyer hundreds of dollars in fees per car. These fees lower the value of the donated vehicle. If a car donation service is unwilling to disclose these per vehicle costs, think twice about working with them. Your reputation as a non-profit organization is of the utmost importance and should not be attached to unscrupulous entities. At Advanced Remarketing Services, we’re very proud of our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and our ongoing relationships with non-profit partners.

Proven, reliable, and sustainable revenue.

The decision to add another fundraising program to your development portfolio is one that takes a great deal of thought, scrutiny and data. You’re also constantly looking for new opportunities to drive sustainable revenue to your mission. Vehicle donation is a proven, sustainable and reliable revenue source that you should take advantage of. If you’re interested in finding out more, give me a call at 877-957-2277.

Joseph Hearn

President & CEO

Advanced Remarketing Services




Featured Car Donation of the Week: 1972 Porsche 914 Race Car for Colorado Public Television

February 10, 2016

Author: S.A. Stevenson

We’ve got a real unique car donation to highlight this week, we’ve received a 1972 Porsche 914 for Colorado Public Television. This vintage vehicle has been modified into a Race Car and was built by Steamboat Motor Sports! We’re currently auctioning this featured car donation on eBay.

This Volkswagen and Porsche collaboration is one of the most well balanced sports vehicles in history. This specialized vehicle was built by Steamboat Motor Sports with numerous aftermarket modifications. Information on the left door pillar suggests that the vehicle has a production date of November 1973 and that the engine within it is most likely a 2.2 or 2.4.

Unlike the models produced between, 1970 and 1972, this vehicle features bumper guards that were added to the front of the car. This superb ride has fine brakes, boasts phenomenal steering, and as you can see: bright period colors suit the car well with its vinyl interior.

About Colorado Public Television

When you donate a vehicle to benefit Colorado Public Television, you actually turn your car into the music you love. Donate your vehicle, and we’ll use the proceeds to support your favorite daily hosts and services and programs like “Colorado Inside Out”, “Sesame Street”, “Antiques Roadshow”, and “Nova” – your gift makes a difference at Colorado Public Television.

In addition to supporting the programs you love, your gift will make you a member of Colorado Public Television. Your vehicle is towed free of charge, and the donation is eligible for a tax deduction.

Donating a car is fast, easy and secure. Colorado Public Television accepts any vehicle – running or not – including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and more. We work with our public radio colleagues at Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services, to ensure that your donation delivers the highest possible revenue to Colorado Public Television and that your experience is convenient, efficient and even fun.

If you have any questions about the vehicle donation process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our vehicle experts at 1-855-277-2346.

If you have any questions about the vehicle donation process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our vehicle donation experts at 855-277-2346. Or begin your car donation by visiting our online vehicle donation form.

General membership questions can be answered by Colorado Public Television’s Member Services team at 303-296-1212.
Colorado Public Television
2900 Welton Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80205

Do you have a question about how to donate a car to charities? Check out our FAQ section and we’ll help you out! Interested in what other charities we service? Check out our charities page to get started!

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“Straight Outta Manchester”


Our featured Car Talk car of the month is a 1964 Chevy Impala. For Fans of NWA or the movie “Straight Outta Compton”, this vehicle might call to mind several different rap beats and lyrics. The 64 Impala is immortalized in song by early ‘90S rappers such as Easy E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre of NWA as well as Skee-lo and Snoop Dogg. (
The ‘Six-Fo’ featured a new body style that suggested a smoother look. A popular cruiser, this vehicle became a collector’s edition due to its high popularity. More than 50 years old, this vehicle is in great shape was donated to benefit Car Talk’s Vehicle Donation Program. The donor of this iconic vehicle truly helped a local station through an easy process!#musclecarmonday #sixfo #straightouttacompton #donateacar #cartalk #cartalkvehicledonations #cardonationwizard #iconicdonations #awesomedonors


1982 Datsun 280 ZX donated to Hospice of the Foothills

DZThis donated classic two door roadster, known to collectors as the ‘Z’ is a Datsun 280ZX. The 280 was sold from 1978-1983. This sport coupe was sold under many different names depending on the market. This is the first Datsun vehicle made by Nissan that incorporated a logo. The Datsun was offered in America with many different luxury packages making it an ultimate sports car of the ‘80s. The donor of this vehicle kept it in great shape and its proceeds went to Hospice of the Foothills to assist the organization in promoting exceptional, professional, and compassionate care to its patients.


Habitat for Humanity’s Featured Vehicle: 1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL

380A Habitat donor made a fantastic contribution to Cars for Homes as she parted with her 1984 Mercedes Benz 380 SL, a well maintained roadster that was one of the longest running series the company has ever produced. This donated car is a two door convertible with a seasonal hardtop and folding seats for the rear bench. This Benz will benefit Habitat for Humanity as it continues to build up opportunities and hope for families and communities alike.