Donate Your Car
Car Donation Program
The SPAC has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to process donated vehicles. To donate a vehicle to SPAC, have your title number, VIN, and phone number ready then call us at (916) 308-2307 so that we can assist you with the process.
What are the benefits of donating my car to the SPAC?
The SPAC benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness through local events. You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plus, you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy and possible security risk, and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance, and repairs to keep your car in running condition while you wait for a buyer.
What can I donate?
You can donate almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. They do not have to be currently running. Your vehicle donation will be sold at an auction or to salvage depending on condition.
What do I need to donate my car?
The title to the car must be in your name. We will also need some information about where the car is located and the condition of the car. This will assist us in scheduling appropriate towing arrangements.
What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. Have your title with you when you call-in your donation. (Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien.)
Will you pick up my car?
A towing company will call you to schedule the pick-up of your vehicle. You will need to give the driver the keys to the vehicle, as well as your signed title.
Does my car have to be running to donate it?
In some cases we can take your car whether it is running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact us at (916) 308-2307 to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.
How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?
We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. A tow company will contact you within two business days. Call our representatives at (916) 308-2307 with any questions or to start the process.
Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
No, special arrangements for pick-up can be made by calling our representative.
Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?
No, you do not need a smog certificate. You may donate your vehicle without these documents, even in states that require smog certificates or safety inspections.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, the SPAC is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization and all donations qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.
How does the 2005 tax law effect my tax deduction?
Donors are no longer responsible for determining the deductible value of their donation. Instead, they will receive IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, if the proceeds from the sale exceed $500, stating the amount of the gross proceeds from the sale of the donated vehicle. The amount listed on IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, will be the gross proceeds of the deductible donation.
How is the value of my car determined?
The IRS allows you to take a charitable tax deduction on your federal income tax form equal to the amount the vehicle sells for at auction unless it sells for less than $500. If your vehicle sells for less than $500, you may deduct no more than $500. If your vehicle sells for more than $500, you will need to include the IRS form 1098-C. Donate a Car will supply this documentation after your vehicle sells. We recommend you consult your tax advisor with questions about your deduction.
Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes, our driver will issue a tow receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not your final tax receipt unless the sale of your vehicle does not exceed $500. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name, as well as the year, make, model, and condition of the car you are donating. It will be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for less than $500.
What can I claim as a deduction?
According to the tax law effective January 1, 2005, if the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale. 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 car, provided your vehicle sold for more than $500 and you have submitted your social security number. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution.
What if my car is valued over $500?
Effective January 1, 2005, you are no longer required to have vehicles appraised. The value you may claim will be the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle.
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