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Vehicle Donation Program

With a car donation to Marketplace, you’ll join the growing community of Marketplace Investors: generous listeners and superfans like you, dedicated to keeping fact-based, independent journalism going strong. Marketplace proudly partners with the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program to accept your car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or RV donation. When you donate a car to Marketplace, you’ll receive a tax deduction while supporting your favorite business news provider. Get started on your Marketplace vehicle donation today!

Marketplace is part of American Public Media, a producer and distributor of award-winning public radio programming and podcasts. Marketplace reaches 14 million listeners each week on more than 800 public radio stations nationwide. Marketplace covers business and the economy in ways that everyone can understand, not just Wall Street. In 1989, Marketplace founders decided to produce the program from the West Coast, away from the traditional center of financial journalism in New York. Marketplace aims to raise the economic intelligence of all Americans by focusing on geographic diversity in its reporting. That includes bureaus in New York and Washington, D.C., and journalists working remotely throughout the country and abroad.

How to Donate Your Car to Marketplace

Step 1: Answer Vehicle Questions

Fill out the donation form to provide us with information about your vehicle donation, including the year, make, model, VIN, and condition.

Step 2: Schedule Free Pick Up

Provide us with information about yourself and where the car will be picked up. A towing agent will contact you within 24-48 business hours to schedule a pick up time most convenient for you.

Step 3: Track Your Car Donation

After you submit your vehicle donation, you will receive a confirmation email with access to your Donor Console. From your Donor Console, you can track your car donation in real-time, submit documents, and get title and tax information. After your car is sold, you’ll receive a confirmation email that includes a tax deductible receipt.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of vehicles does Marketplace accept?

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. You can donate your car online or by calling us at 1-877-215-0227.

How much of the money from the sale of my vehicle is returned to Marketplace?

Donating a car or other 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 charity. Our partners at Car Donation Wizard return 75-80% of the gross selling price for car donations back to Marketplace, the highest of any vehicle donation program! View our car donation tips for more info on how to maximize your charitable vehicle donation.

What documentation will be provided for my tax return?

Within 30 days of the sale of your vehicle, you will receive an email with a receipt that includes: The gross selling price of your car, if sold for greater than $500. If your car sells for $500 or less, you can deduct $500 or your car’s fair market value, whichever is less. Vehicle year, make, model, and VIN. A statement that the vehicle was sold at arms-length between two unrelated parties. A statement that no good or services were received in return for your donation.

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Car Donation Spotlight

2007 Mazda 3 Donated to WBFO

2007 Mazda 3 Donated to WBFO

This week's car donation is a 2007 Mazda 3 that was donated to WBFO through the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. When you donate a car through the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program, you'll help your favorite public radio station deliver the news, engaging stories,...

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