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Q&A About the Donation Process

 
What do I need to provide for information to start the donation process?
What happens after I submit my donation?
Where will my vehicle go?
What should I do with the license plates on my vehicle?
Do I need to have my title notarized when I sign it?
Do I need my title to donate my vehicle?
When will I receive my tax receipt?
What can I claim as a deduction?
 

What do I need to provide for information to start the donation process?

Please be ready to provide your vehicle’s year, make, model and location of the vehicle. The vehicle does not have to be running, but you will need to describe the condition of the vehicle and disclose any structural damage

What happens after I submit my donation?

After completing the Donation Wizard, a confirmation email will be sent to you once you select "Submit Now." Within 24 to 48 hours you will be contacted for pick up arrangements.

Where will my vehicle go?

We employ an exclusive process called Best Venue to ensure that each donated vehicle generates the maximum donation for the charity. Most vehicles are sold at live auctions to licensed dealers, recyclers and exporters from around the world. This competitive marketplace of buyers generates the greatest return for the charity while ensuring that your vehicle is sold in an efficient, environmentally friendly and legally compliant manner.

What should I do with the license plates on my vehicle?

The following states require the license plates remain with the vehicle, unless they are personalized. Please contact your local department of motor vehicles if you have additional questions:

  • California (CA)
  • Kentucky (KY)
  • Minnesota (MN)
  • Oklahoma (OK)
  • Oregon (OR)
  • Texas (TX)
  • Washington (WA)

Do I need to have my title notarized when I sign it?

If you live in any of the following states you must have your signature notarized on the title before you submit it:

  • Arizona (AZ)
  • Kentucky (KY)
  • Louisiana (LA)
  • Montana (MT)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • Ohio (OH)
  • Oklahoma (OK)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Wyoming (WY)

Do I need my title to donate my vehicle?

Each state has different regulations regarding vehicle titles. Below is a list of the state title requirements, locate your state to determine if you will need a title for your vehicle to donate it. If you are unable to locate your title please let us know. In most cases we can acquire a duplicate on your behalf.

If you have any questions regarding your vehicles title requirements again please contact us at 800-456-5517.

Alabama (AL)
  • Passenger vehicles 1975 and newer require a title
  • Motorcycles, mopeds and trailers 1975 and newer require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles and boats do not require a title
Alaska (AK)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles 1959 and newer require a title
  • ATV’s, boats and snowmobiles do not require a title
Arizona (AZ)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, motor homes, ATVs and mobile homes 1925 and newer require a title
  • Boats, mopeds and snowmobiles do not require a title
Arkansas (AR)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, RV’s, semi trailers, mobile homes and ATVs 1949 and newer require a title
  • Boats, snowmobiles and mopeds do not require a title
California (CA)
  • All motor vehicles and trailers 1923 and newer including motorcycles, boats and RVs
Colorado (CO)
  • All vehicles moved or operated on the highway 1925 and newer require a title
  • ATVs, farm tractors, snowmobiles, boats and mopeds do not require a title
Connecticut (CT)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, RVs and trailers with a GVW of more than 3000 lbs require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles, mopeds and trailers with a GVW of < 3000 lbs are not titled
Delaware (DE)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds and RVs 1921 and newer require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles and boats do not require a title
Florida (FL)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, motor homes, trailers with a GVW of 2000 lbs or greater and boats 1923 and newer require a title
  • ATVs purchased after 7/1/2002 require a title
  • Trailers with a GVW of less than 2000 lbs, snowmobiles, mopeds and slide on campers do not require a title
Georgia (GA)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, kit vehicles and trailers with a unladen weight of 2000 lbs or more 1985 and newer require a title
  • Mini motorcycles, boats, boat trailers, ATVs, snowmobiles and home made trailers do not require a title
Hawaii (HI)
  • All vehicles operated on the highway 1940 and newer require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles, mopeds and boats do not require a title
Idaho (ID)
  • Cars, trucks, trailers, RVs, trailers with an unladen weight of 2000 lbs or more 1927 and newer require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles, off-road motorcycles purchased after 1/1/1991 require a title
  • Mopeds larger than 50cc that travel more than 30 mph require a title
  • Neighborhood electric vehicles purchased after 7/1/2005 require a title
  • Boats 2000 and newer with a permanently attached motor or sail or any boat longer than 12 feet require a title
Illinois (IL)
  • All vehicles, boats, boat trailers, RVs, motorcycles, ATVs (purchased after 1/1/1998) and any vehicle that moves upon the highways 1934 and newer requires a title
  • Snowmobiles do not require a title
Indiana (IN)
  • Any motor vehicle, motorcycle, semi trailer, utility trailer, RV and boat must be titled
  • Boats purchased after 1/1/1986 with a purchase price of $3000 or more requires a title
Iowa (IA)
  • All cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers with an unladen weight of more than 2000 lbs, semi-trailers, boats over 17 ft or boats with a lien, mopeds, snowmobiles acquired after 1/1/1998 and ATVs acquired after 1/1/2000 require a title
  • Trailers and semi-trailers with an unladen weight of 2000 lbs or less do not require a title
Kansas (KS)
  • All passenger vehicles, RVs mobile homes, mopeds, motorcycles, trailers with a GVW of 2000 lbs or more, farm trailers with a GVW of 6000 lbs or more and ATVs 1929 and newer require a title
  • Snowmobiles, farm tractors and road rollers are not titled
Kentucky (KY)
  • All motor vehicles, boats, motorcycles, RVs and trailers require a title
  • Junked vehicles, snowmobiles, mopeds and ATVs do not require a title
Louisiana (LA)
  • All vehicles require a title regardless of weight, size or use
  • Snowmobiles and boats do not require a title
Maine (ME)
  • All passenger vehicles 15 years old or newer require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles, mopeds, boats, trailers with an unladen weight of less than 3000 lbs and motorcycles less than 300 cc do not require a title
Maryland (MD)
  • All vehicles except mopeds, ATVs and snowmobiles require a title
Massachusetts (MA)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, buses, RVs, government owned vehicles, kit vehicles, trailers with a GVW of 3000 lbs or more, and reconstructed vehicles 1972 and newer require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles, trailers with a GVW of less than 3000 lbs and mopeds do not require a title
Michigan (MI)
  • Cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, campers, pickup campers (since 1991), trailers over 2500 lbs, boats 20’ and over, any boat with a permanently attached motor newer than 1919 require a title
  • Snowmobiles, mopeds, trailers less than 2500 lbs, boats 20’ and shorter without fixed motors do not require a title
Minnesota (MN)
  • Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds and RVs require a title
  • ATVs, trailers with a GVW less than 4000 lbs, agricultural trailers, ATVs and snowmobiles do not require a title
  • Boats newer than 1991 require a title unless they are less than 16’ long
Mississippi (MS)
  • Passenger cars, motorcycles, mopeds and RVs newer than 1969 require a title
  • Snowmobiles, ATVs, boats and utility trailers with a GVW < 5000 lbs do not require a title
Missouri (MO)
  • All vehicles including passenger vehicles, motorized boats, sailboats 12’ or greater, motorcycles and ATVs require a title
  • Mopeds and snowmobiles do not require a title
Montana (MT)
  • All passenger vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, RVs and ATVs require a title
  • Non-motorized boats less than 12’ and mopeds do not require a title
Nebraska (NE)
  • All passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, travel trailers and trailers with a GVW of 9000 or more require a title
  • ATVs and mini-bikes purchased after 1/1/2004 require a title
  • Boats purchased after 11/1/1972 require a title
  • Snowmobiles, and trailers with a GVW less than 9000 lbs do not require a title
Nevada (NV)
  • All cars, trucks, motorcycles, kit vehicles, boats and RVs require a title
  • Snowmobiles and ATVs do not require a title
New Hampshire (NH)
  • All cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers with a GVW greater than 3000 lbs, RVs and motor homes newer than 15 years require a title
  • Mopeds, boats, snowmobiles and ATVs do not require a title
New Jersey (NJ)
  • All cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, mopeds, RVs, mobile homes, trailers with an unladen weight of more than 2500 lbs and farm implements weighing more than 1500 lbs require a title
  • ATVs, industrial equipment and snowmobiles do not require a title
New Mexico (NM)
  • All cars, trucks, trailers, busses, motorcycles, ATVs, motor boats 10’ and over require a title
New York (NY)
  • All vehicles manufactured after 1/1/1973 including cars, trucks, kit vehicles, RVs, motorcycles and buses require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles, trailers with an unladen weight of less than 1000 lbs do not require a title
North Carolina (NC)
  • All cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs newer than 1923 require a title
  • Snowmobiles, ATVs and mopeds do not require a title
  • Boat titles are optional
North Dakota (ND)
  • All cars, trucks, boats and trailers weighing more than 1500 lbs newer than 1927 require a title
  • Boats, trailers weighing less than 1500 lbs and snowmobiles do not require a title
Ohio (OH)
  • All vehicles since 1938 including cars, trucks, RVs, ATVs and motorcycles require a title
  • Trailers with an unladen weight of 4000 lbs or less, farm equipment and construction equipment do not require a title
  • All boats over 14’ and all motorized boats require a title
Oklahoma (OK)
  • All vehicles including cars, trucks, commercial trailers, pop-up trailers, mopeds and boats require a title
  • ATVs purchased after 7/1/2005 require a title
  • Snowmobiles do not require a title
Oregon (OR)
  • All motor vehicles driven or moved upon the highway newer than 1925 including motorcycles, mopeds, trailers with a loaded weight of more than 1800 lbs and RVs require a title
  • ATVs and snowmobiles do not require a title
  • Boats are titled through the OR state Marine Board
Pennsylvania (PA)
  • All cars, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles, mopeds, snowmobiles and RVs newer than 1923 require a title
  • Please contact us regarding boat titles
Rhode Island (RI)
  • Titles are issued on all vehicles 1973 and newer but are not required on vehicles more than 10 years old.
  • Boats less than 14’, snowmobiles, ATVs and trailers with a capacity of 3000 lbs or less do not require a title
South Carolina (SC)
  • All cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes, RVs and home-made vehicles newer than 1958 require a title
  • Mopeds, snowmobiles, ATVs do not require a title
  • Please contact DNR regarding boats
South Dakota (SD)
  • All motor vehicles newer than 1925 including cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorized boats, boats over 12’, snowmobiles, and ATV’s require a title
  • Mopeds do not require a title
Tennessee (TN)
  • All vehicles operated on the highway including motorcycles, mopeds and camping trailers require a title
  • ATVs, dirt bikes and snowmobiles purchased after 6/1/1983 require a title
  • Boats, boat trailers, pop up campers, utility trailers and farm trailers do not require a title
Texas (TX)
  • All cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers with an unladen weight of more than 4000 lbs, campers, ATVs and motorized boats greater than 14’ require a title
  • Farm equipment, snowmobiles and motorized boats less than 14’ do not require a title
Utah (UT)
  • All cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, RVs, ATVs and Snowmobiles 1933 and newer require a title
  • Boats built after 1985 require a title
  • Trailers with an unladen weight of less than 750 lbs do not require a title
Vermont (VT)
  • All cars, trucks, motorcycles 300 cc or more and RVs, 15 years old or newer require a title
  • Boats 1989 or newer or 16’ or longer require a tile
  • ATVs and snowmobiles 2004 or newer require a title
  • Trailers with an unladen weigh of less than 1500 lbs and motorcycles less than 300 cc do not require a title
Virginia (VA)
  • All motorized vehicles, motorcycles, boats and RV’s require a title
  • ATVs, snowmobiles and mopeds do not require a title
Washington (WA)
  • All vehicles including cars, trucks, ATVs, mopeds, campers and boats require a title
  • Snowmobiles and farm equipment do not require a title
Washington DC
  • All motor vehicles that are moved on the highway including passenger vehicles, motorcycles over 50 cc and trailers require a title
  • boats more than 14’ require a title from the DC Harbor Patrol
  • ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles under 50 cc do not require a title
West Virginia (WV)
  • All vehicles driven or moved on a highway including boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, trailers and semi-trailers require a title
  • Farm tractors do not require a title
Wisconsin (WI)
  • All vehicles newer than 1925 including cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs require a title
  • Boats are titled by the DNR
  • ATVs are not titled
Wyoming (WY)
  • All vehicles used on highways including cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs newer than 1935 require a title
  • Mopeds, boats, snowmobiles and trailers with an unladen weight of 1000 lbs or less do not require a title

When will I receive my tax receipt?

You will receive a tax receipt within 45 days after your vehicle is picked up.

What can I claim as a deduction?

You can deduct the value of your vehicle only if you itemize deductions when filing your taxes. Under the current IRS law, you may deduct the fair market value of your vehicle up to $500, or the actual selling price, whichever is greater. If your vehicle sells for more than $500, we are required by IRS law to report your donation using your tax identification number. You will be receiving correspondence from us requesting this information if needed. For more tax information, please visit the following link and refer to the documents listed below:

http://www.irs.gov/charities

a.IRS Form 1098-C b.Publication 4303, A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations c.Publication 1220, 526, and 561

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