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!


Who Do I Donate My Car To?

With the many options you have has a vehicle donor, who do you choose to handle your car donation?

Tax-deductible vehicle donations to nonprofits often increase as the year comes to a close and donors take advantage of the government benefit that reduces their taxes.

But experts caution donors about which organizations should receive their cars, boats or recreational vehicles.

The most important step is to verify that the organization they are giving to is a registered charity, Maryland Comptroller’s Office spokesman Joseph Shapiro said.

“Any on-the-level organization will be happy to provide someone with their federal and/or state tax number that shows they are a registered and recognized organization,” Shapiro said. “If they are reluctant to share a number, people should be wary about contributing if they want to ensure their gift can be listed as a donation.”

A change in the tax law in 2005-2006 reduced the amount of money donors could write off, resulting in fewer donated vehicles in recent years, said Thomas Skaggs, the mission’s director of development. Before the new law, donors could deduct the Kelly Blue Book value of their vehicles. “Right now, you can’t deduct any more than the nonprofit is able to sell the vehicle for,” Skaggs said.

So who do you trust? By asking the right questions at the start, you can find out how your vehicle donation will be handled.

Where are the cars sold?

Who determines where your car, specifically, goes? Is it a person or a computer?

How much does the charity really receive?

Any organization that has trouble answering those questions, needs to be put in the ‘proceed with caution’ bin.

Car Donation Wizard has a team of automotive experts that analyze each and every car received on behalf of their long list of charitable organizations (Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, Car Talk, UNICEF USA, and more!). Your vehicle is then sent to the best facility for re-sale, earning you a greater tax deduction and more money for your nonprofit. Charities partnered with Car Donation Wizard received 80% of the net proceeds, and proudly run the nation’s highest returning vehicle donation program in the country.

Choose a charity today by clicking here.

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Just How Easy Is Car Donation to Charity?

If you’ve got questions on the vehicle donation process, we’ve got answers. Vehicle 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 remarket your vehicle to get the 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 promptly 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 visit our charities page.

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Car Donation to National Public Radio

At Car Donation Wizard, we are proud to be partnered with Car Talk’s National Public Radio, giving donors easy access to donate a car to their favorite local radio station, anywhere in the country. All you need, in order to donate is the certificate of title and a non-stripped vehicle (car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle… you name it). We make sure that your car donation is safely and promptly handled by our professional team of experts who can help maximize your car donation for your radio station. After you donate a car, we’ll send you a receipt for your taxes! Easy and hassle free!

Public radio stations first aired in the United States in April of 1971 and are now broadcasting in over 900,000 stations in the U.S. Public radio stations are able to produce the great content that you hear, mainly through donations and private gifts. Each station specializes in the local news in your area, as well as, engaging in many issues and topics that impact local listners.

You may have heard of 90.9FM WBUR out Boston, Massachusetts where they are known to shed light on just about any topic you can think of; from sports, to health, and cars maintenance (Car Talk!).  WDET 101.9FM out of Detroit, Michigan is known for being an independent media, providing an alternative to business or government-owned mass media. Or maybe you listen to WFIU National Public Radio out Indianapolis, Indiana. They specialize in local news, arts, music, and TV. Whoever you listen to, simply visit our Car Talk vehicle donation page, choose your station to donate to and we’ll handle the rest!

For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for new and exciting updates. To find the local Public Radio Station near you, visit the NPR Station List here!

-Jamal Stutts


Car Donation Spotlight: 1991 BMW 850i

By Car Donation Wizard’s own: Sam Andrews

The year was 1991 – George H.W. Bush was president, the first Gulf War was wrapping up, and the world was suffering from a mild economic recession. The Soviet Union finally collapsed. Amy Grant and Pearl Jam were popular on the radio.

1991 also featured the second year of production for the remarkable BMW 8-series, otherwise known by internal chassis code name “E31”.

The 8-series had been in development since the mid-1980s and debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 1989. While most people assumed it was a replacement for the aging but adored 1976-1989 6-series, the new 8-series was intended as a whole new class. Indeed, the styling departure and introduction of several new engines emphasized the arrival of a totally new flagship coupe for BMW.

The two most interesting aspects of the vehicle were the styling and available engines.

BMW Car Donation

The body design is credited to German designer Klaus Kapitza. BMW had various lead designers over the years, and several of them responsible for the company’s greatest designs were Italians like Ercole Spada (even Mercedes’ best designs of the 1980s were penned by legendary Italian designer Bruno Sacco), but they turned to a fellow German for the all-new 8. Computer-aided design (CAD) tools, which were advanced for the time, helped create an excellent drag coefficient of 0.29.

The results are stunning. The design is part wedge-shape from the 70s and 80s and part smooth, aerodynamic body style for the 90s and beyond. The hood that tapers to a small, thin nose gave the car the famous nicknames “the great white” and “the shark” for the snout-like look of the front. The slim turn indicator light strips and pop-up headlights were no doubt inspired by the M1 racing car from 1978-1981. Since the M1 was never sold directly to the public, the 8-series is so far the only mass-produced BMW with pop-up headlights.

The angular rear is distinguished by broad red plastic taillights, bold and visible for safety when breaking in front of other motorists. There are also four exhaust pipes.

Engine-wise, the only version initially offered was the 850i with an incredible 12-cylinder engine producing 296 horsepower. Then in 1993 a slightly more fuel-efficient 8-cylinder engine was offered called the 840i, around the same time the company offered V8s on several other models like the 5 and 7-series as well.

Donated 1991 BMW

The early 90s-era the 8-series was introduced in had a special impact on the car. The Gulf War, global recession, increasing energy costs and general mood of the times made the notion of a lavish, expensive, relatively inefficient vehicle very unattractive for most.The car was also pulled from the U.S. market two years before it ceased production worldwide in 1999. The total number of cars sold in North America was only 7,232 over seven years. This makes the BMW 8-series a rare and desirable car.

Some people swapped the 12-cyl. for a GM engine. The car could be considered a commercial flop, because they were expensive, sold few units, and were costly to repair for owners, but they are a fan favorite and will probably be elevated to classic status in years to come.

Our 1991 car donation example features black paint, tan leather, unique gold BBS cross-spoke wheels, and 178,645 on the odometer.