Donate A Vehicle
Donating your car is extremely easy!
- We take almost any vehicle - car, truck, van, motorcycle or motor boat, running or not - as long as the owner has a valid certificate of title.
- We provide pick-up for your automobile by Bill's Citywide Towing.
- The donation allows a tax deduction on your income tax return.
To donate your car, fill out our application form. We will be in touch with you to complete the transaction!
Frequently Asked Questions
My car does not start (is rusted, has no engine, needs a water pump, etc), will you still take it?
Of course! We accept any vehicle, running or not. We will send a tow truck to the vehicle and remove it, at no cost to you.
Do I have to be home when my vehicle is picked up?
As long as the car is accessible to the tow-truck, and the keys are in the glove compartment, there is no need to be home. The towing service will generally respond to most pick-up requests within two to three days.
What if I can't find my title?
Unfortunately, we do need a title to accept the vehicle. If you cannot locate your title, you can request a duplicate from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Do I need a receipt?
You will not get a receipt from the towing service, but you will be mailed a letter from the Center when the sale of your vehicle is complete. That letter will serve as verification for the IRS of your donation, as well as provide you with the receipted dollar amount for your donation.
What is my tax write-off?
The short answer is it depends. The tax laws changed in 2005, which means if you donated prior to '05, your write-off was probably larger than it will be today. However, most people still find the write-off of a vehicle to be significant enough to make it worthwhile. As for the dollar amount, you may deduct the gross proceeds of the sale from your taxes. If, however, the vehicle was sold to a person in need (i.e. a guest of the Center), you may claim the car's fair market value. We will send you a letter with that information as soon as possible.
Still Have Questions?
The Center for the Homeless is grateful to the following businesses that have helped CFH Cars become such a success. Each has made a commitment specifically to the "CFH Cars" program during the past year:
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