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Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation

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Is your car ready for retirement? Donate it to Texas Public Radio and we'll turn it into the programs you love. We provide free towing. The proceeds from the sale of your vehicle help support our station. It's easy! Here's how.

What are the benefits of donating my vehicle?
  • When you donate a vehicle to TPR, you help fund new and current programs. The Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation Program tows your vehicle free of charge. TPR receives the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle.

How do I donate a vehicle?
  • Donating is easy and fast. You may start a donation online or by phone. You provide the vehicle information (including the Vehicle Identification Number/VIN), personal contact information, and title status. Then, you mail in the title. As soon as the Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation Program receives your title, a tow service will call to arrange a convenient time and location to pick up your vehicle. You do not need to be present when your car is picked up.

What if I can't find my title?
  • If you can't find your title, or have problems with it, please call (877) 215-0227.The Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation call-center team is available to assist you.

Why do I have to send my title to Rhode Island?
  • Our vehicle donation recovery center, Advanced Remarketing Services (ARS), is located in Rhode Island. For most donations, we request that you mail the signed contribution form and title paperwork to ARS to be processed. This is the most secure method of transfer. If you prefer to submit your paperwork at the time your vehicle is towed, we can make arrangements to meet your needs. Please call our toll-free number (877) 215-0227 if you wish to make alternative arrangements to deliver your title.

How soon will my vehicle be towed?
  • If you have a newer car (less than six years old) or a specialty car, it will be picked up within 24 to 48 business hours. If your vehicle is more than 10 years old or not running, it will be towed within about seven business days after receipt of the title. If you need the car picked up right away, the Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation Program is happy to oblige, whenever possible. Call (877) 215-0227 to arrange for an expedited pick up.

What will happen to my car?
  • Your car is assessed for the used-car market that will yield the best sale price, joining some 43 million other cars that are re-sold each year. Most vehicles are sold through wholesale auctions; older, damaged and problem vehicles are often sold directly to dismantlers or recyclers for valuable parts and metals. Because the Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation Program works with a national network of auction yards, it is able to match a wide variety of vehicles to the appropriate buyer.

How do I track the status of my vehicle?
  • You will be kept informed every step of the way. When you've completed the donation steps online or by phone, you'll receive an acknowledgement email from the Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation's vehicle recovery center, tprcars@arscars.com. Please addtprcars@arscars.com to your address book to ensure you receive their emails. When the vehicle is sold, you'll get a receipt by mail along with the appropriate tax deduction form.

Is there any cost?
  • No. There is no cost to vehicle donors or to Texas Public Radio.

Who handles the vehicles? Do you sell them yourselves?
  • Vehicle Donation to Any Charity, LLC (V-DAC) operates this program on behalf of Texas Public Radio and public broadcasting stations nationwide. It handles towing, assessment and sale of donated vehicles, as well as donor services.

Do you accept any vehicle, anywhere?
  • We accept most vehicles, running or not, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Occasionally, we will accept a unique item, such as a boat, RV, airplane, or farm equipment. This is on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to donate a unique vehicle, please call (877) 215-0227 so that our experts can address any special issues. They're available weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST.

How do I get a tax deduction?
  • If you itemize your tax return, you may deduct the sales price of your vehicle. If it sells for less than $500, you may use the fair market value for the vehicle up to $500. When your donated car is sold, you'll receive the appropriate sales receipt or IRS Form 1098C with the sales amount indicated on it.

How much money goes to the station?
  • About the same amount that an auto dealer will realize if it takes the car as a trade-in and converts it to cash. The actual costs of towing, auctioning, title transfer and handling are deducted and Texas Public Radio receives the net proceeds, which average 60% of the gross sale price.

How do I check on the status of my car or get answers to other questions?
  • Call the Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation Program at (877) 215-0227 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST andSaturday8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Who operates the Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation Program?
  • Vehicle Donation to Any Charity, LLC (V-DAC), runs the Texas Public Radio Vehicle Donation Program. V-DAC is registered as a 'fund raising counsel' with the State of California Office of the Attorney General. The program allows donors to make vehicle donations resulting in cash gifts to a designated public radio or television station, church, school or other non-profit organization.

Feeling ready to donate?
Donate your vehicle online, or call (877) 215-0227 — and thank you!