Vehicle Donation

Is your beloved car ready for retirement? It’s been good to you, so why not let it do one more benevolent act and benefit WHYY?
Your vehicle will be handled with care, the proceeds from its sale will support programs you love on WHYY and you’ll receive a tax deduction. It’s simple, fun, and free. Participants in the WHYY Vehicle Donation Program also receive a membership to WHYY and have access to all member benefits.


What are the benefits of donating my vehicle?
When you donate a vehicle to WHYY, you help fund new and current programs. The WHYY Vehicle Donation Program tows away the vehicle free of charge and sells it in the used-car market. WHYY receives the resulting cash. You bypass the cost and hassle of repairing or selling a car you no longer want — and you get a tax deduction.

How do I donate a vehicle?
Donating a vehicle is fast and easy! You may donate either online or by phone, 855-WHYY-CAR (855-9499-227). You provide the vehicle information (including the Vehicle Identification Number /VIN), personal contact information and title status. You will need the title to the vehicle, but if you do not have it, please call us anyway. It is possible that other arrangements may be made. Any lien holder listed on the title must be cleared and or released by the bank. Please refer to the Pennsylvania DMV for clear instructions. You do not need to be present when your car is picked up.

How do I track the status of my vehicle?
Our vendor CARS, also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be your main resource during the entire process – if you have any questions regarding your donation call 855-WHYY-CAR (855-9499-227). You will receive a donation receipt at time of pickup. You will also receive a final Thank You letter from WHYY once your vehicle has been sold.

Is there any cost to donate a vehicle?
No. There is no cost to vehicle donors or to WHYY.

Do you accept any vehicle, anywhere?
You may donate cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats, airplanes, heavy equipment — even farm machinery! Any vehicle can be donated in any condition, running or not, virtually anywhere in the U.S. Just call 855-WHYY-CAR (855-9499-227) during regular hours – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

How long until my vehicle is picked up?
We will contact you within two to three business days to schedule a pick-up appointment time that is convenient for you once you have provided us with all necessary information. If you need your car picked up sooner, please let our operators know during your initial call. We will do our best to accommodate your time frame. The vehicle will be picked up by a licensed tow company at no cost to you. The vehicle will be taken to one of our many sale locations where it will be sold. For more specific information pertaining to your vehicle donation, please call us at 855-WHYY-CAR (855-949-9277).

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 WHYY Vehicle Donation Program works with a very large national network of auction yards, it is able to match a wide variety of vehicles to the appropriate buyer. For example, it recently took a donor’s 1972 Porsche 911 to a premium car auction, where it netted five figures for a public radio station. Meanwhile, a donor’s 1991 GMC Jimmy turned into a welcome $110 for another station.

How do I get a tax deduction?
You are entitled to deduct the sales price of your vehicle and, if it sells for less than $500, the fair market value of the vehicle up to $500, if you itemize your tax return. (See Tax Information.) You will receive an initial donation receipt from the tow driver at the time of your vehicle pick-up. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model and condition of the vehicle you are donating. You will then be mailed a tax receipt within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. This will be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for less than $500.
If your vehicle sells for more than $500 and your tax identification number has been provided, an IRS Form 1098-C, ‘Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes’, will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your donation. Individual tax situations vary. For specific tax-related questions, please consult your tax advisor or refer to IRS Publication 4303.

What if I can’t find my title?
If you can’t find your title or have problems with it, please call 855-WHYY-CAR (855-9499-227). The WHYY Vehicle Donation call-center staff are experts in solving these matters.

How much money goes to the station?
On average WHYY receives 80 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of a donated vehicle.

How do I check on the status of my car or get answers to other questions?
For any questions please call the WHYY Vehicle Donation Program at 855-WHYY-CAR (855-9499-227) during regular hours – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Who operates the WHYY Vehicle Donation Program?
CARS – Charitable Adult Rides & Services – operates the WHYY vehicle donation program. CARS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits secure additional funding through vehicle donation programs. CARS is dedicated to exceptional customer service, the ability to maximize each donation, and the extensive service and support they provide their nonprofit partners. CARS handles towing, assessment and sale of donated vehicles, as well as donor services for the WHYY vehicle donation program and programs for thousands of nonprofit organizations across the country.

Feeling ready to donate?
Donate your vehicle online, or call 855-WHYY-CAR (855-9499-227) — and thank you!

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