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.

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Vehicle of the Month: 1975 Ford Ranchero

This 1975 Ford Ranchero, was recently donated to the American Cancer Society’s Cars for a Cure program, with proceeds going towards cancer research, education, resources, support and treatment.

Produced between 1957 and 1979 the Ranchero was a unique two-door sedan on a station wagon body with a cargo bed in the back.

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Most prominent on the 70s Rancheros was a wide, gaping ‘fishmouth’ grille and a new body-on-frame design.

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In pop culture, Ranchero‘s can be found:

  • In the music video for Brooks and Dunn’s hillbilly deluxe.
  • The character of Harvey Leek on the TV show Nash Bridges drove a 1972 Ranchero.
  • On an episode of My Name is Earl, the character of Earl bought a 1970 Ford Ranchero for his brother Randy.
  • It has been reported that the Ford Ranchero was the favorite vehicle of Elvis Presley. Indeed, he owned a 1967 Ford Ranchero 500, purchased new in 1967 by Elvis, for use on his small ranch in Northern Mississippi. This Ranchero reportedly now belongs to the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, Arkansas.
  • In the James Bond movie “Goldfinger”, Odd Job used a blue 1964 Ranchero to return a crushed Lincoln Continental to Auric Goldfinger’s ranch.

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How to Donate Your Car to the American Cancer Society

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2008 Subaru Outback donated to American Cancer Society’s Cars for a Cure program.

Start your car donation over the phone with a customer service representative, at 888-227-5500 or by filling our our easy vehicle donation form online. 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. If you need your vehicle picked up sooner, special arrangements can be made by contacting us and letting us know.

To donate your vehicle, we’ll ask you about the year, make, model and condition of the vehicle, whether you have the title to your vehicle, where you want the vehicle picked up and where you want your tax receipt sent (in case these are not one in the same). Once you give us this information, we will e-mail you instructions for signing over your title.

In general, when selling or donating a vehicle you must complete the section of the title labeled “assignment of title by owner” or “transfer of ownership by seller”.

In the “assignment of title by owner” or similar section, any fields that require information about the seller/owner/transferor are asking for information about you. When the title asks for the sellers name you would either print or sign your name exactly as it appears on the title where you are listed as the owner. Most states require that all owners listed on the title must print and sign their name when transferring ownership.

Any fields that require information about a buyer/purchaser/transferee are asking for information about the person you are selling or donating the vehicle to. This section should never, under any circumstances, be left completely blank as this can lead to abuses and liability for you.

Note that whiteout or cross outs on your title are not accepted by your state’s motor vehicle department. If this happens, your title will become void, but we will happily provide you the documents and help necessary to get a new title and complete your car donation.

Instructions for what to do with your title after you’ve filled it out will be provided on a case by case basis.

The American Cancer Society uses 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.

After your vehicle is sold, the charity will receive the proceeds from your donation for their great mission and you will receive a tax receipt letting you know how much the vehicle sold for.

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Car Donation Helps Fight Back Against Cancer

New Report Tracks Growing Population of Cancer Survivors in the US

A first-ever report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are 13.7 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 18 million by 2022. This includes everyone who’s ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis for the rest of their life. The report, “Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures,” and an accompanying journal article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians were released Thursday.

Read the full article here

It’s easy to donate a used car or other vehicle to the fight against cancer:

  • Simply complete our easy to use car donation form with basic information about you, your vehicle and where your vehicle’s pick-up location.
  • Once you have completed the form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with information about how to properly transfer your title over.
  • Once our processing center receives your title, they can schedule the pickup of your vehicle in as little as 24 hours!

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A Collection of Donated Cars in Honor of the Olympics

We’re pretty excited about the 2012 London Olympics over here at Car Donation Wizard. We send our sincerest wishes out to all the athletes competing in hopes that they all have  safe and exciting performances.

In honor of the opening ceremonies tonight, we thought we’d share a few Olympic ring colored cars. Did you know that the five rings of the Olympic logo represent five continents coming together in healthy competition? Those five parts of the world being: the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Both the Americas are regarded as a single continent, while Antarctica is not taken into consideration (sorry Antarctica!).

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Our blue ring: 1978 Ford F150 donated in Tucson, AZ to the American Cancer Society

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Our yellow ring: 2004 Nissan Sentra donated in Seattle, WA to Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes™

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Our black ring: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser donated in Los Angeles, CA to Disabled American Veterans

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Our green ring: 1995 Land Rover Discovery donated in Boston, MA to Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes™

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Our red ring: 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis donated in Sharon, VA to Car Talk

 

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