how to donate a car

Frequently asked questions about how the
car donation process works.

Answers to the most common questions about how to donate a car are listed below. If you don't find an answer to your specific question, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@CarsHelpingPets.org or call us at 1.888.990.4PET(738). We very much appreciate your interest in the Cars Helping Pets automobile donation program!

How do I donate my car to Cars Helping Pets?

We have made the car donation process as simple as possible. To donate your car, either complete our easy-to-use online car donation form or call one of our donation specialists who can walk you through the donation process. Once your donation has been submitted, we will pick-up your car in a timely manner and we will send you your IRS tax deductible car donation receipt. To speak to one of our friendly staff, please call 1.888.990.4PET(738).

how to donate your car

How is the value of my car donation determined?

The IRS allows the donor to estimate fair market value of the car up to $500. If, however, Cars Helping Pets is able to sell your donated car for over $500, the IRS allows you to claim the higher selling price as a tax-deduction. As we individually manage each vehicle donation, we strive to achieve the highest possible sale price for each vehicle.

Does my car have to be running?

Absolutely not. We accept all car donations - whether running or non-running. Every car donation has value to Cars Helping Pets!

In addition to a car, what else can I donate?

In most cases, you can also donate a boat, motorcycle, RV and even real property.

where to donate a car

Once I finish donating my vehicle, how does it get picked up? Is there a tow fee?

Towing for all car donations is free. One of our professional towing companies will contact you to schedule a date and timeframe to pick-up your vehicle at your convenience. Please have the keys and title (and any lien release) available for the tow company at time of the scheduled pick-up.

Do I have to be home when my donated car is picked up?

No. If you desire for us to have your car picked up when you are at work or away, please advise the towing company specifically where in the vehicle you will be leaving the title and the keys. The towing company will leave you a tow receipt showing that your vehicle was picked up on behalf of Cars Helping Pets. Please remember to remove your personal belongings and take off the license plate on the day the vehicle is scheduled to be picked up.

How long will it take to have my car donation picked up?

We work to pick up your car at a time when it is most convenient for you. In most cases, we strive to pick-up your car within 48 to 72 hours after you have completed the car donation process. We can also expedite towing to pick-up your vehicle within 24 hours if necessary.

how to donate a vehicle

What documents do I need to donate my car?

All we need is the title for the vehicle you are donating and a lien release if there was ever a lien holder listed on the title. We will need you to sign your name on the signature of seller line located on the title. Please sign your name as it appears on the front of the title. If more than one person is listed as an owner on the front of the title, all listed persons must sign on the signature of seller line(s).

What areas do you pick up donated cars?

We accept car donations in every city in all 50 states.

I cannot donate my car but would like to help support pets with a monetary gift.

Use PayPal to send a secure donation to help helpless pets


Download and print our easy donation form for check or credit card donations

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