Frequently Asked Questions
• Does my car have to be running to qualify for donating?
No, but the car must have all of its parts (tires, mechanical components, etc.) and be towable.
• What paperwork do I need?
A signed title and registration card. If you don’t have the title, you can obtain an Application for Replacement Title from the local DMV, either in person or online. The vehicle’s title (or replacement title), registration, and keys should be given to the towing company at the time of pickup.
• Do I get a receipt for my donation?
A temporary receipt will be left with you when the vehicle is picked up. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name and the year, make, and model of the vehicle you are donating. A final acknowledgement, including the auction date and sale total, will be mailed to you from SVdP. This will be your receipt for your charitable contribution.
• How much can I claim as a deduction?
To calculate your maximum tax deduction, please refer to your final donation receipt from SVdP. If your vehicle sold for $500 or under, the maximum amount you may claim is $500. If it sold for more than $500, you can complete a tax form 1098-C to claim the full gross sale amount. Further instructions will be included in your receipt.
• Do I have to be with vehicle when it’s picked-up?
No. You can make special arrangements when you talk with the towing company.
• What does SVdP do with the donated vehicles?
The vehicles are sold at auction. The funds from vehicle sales are used to provide assistance to clients with food, rent, and utilities.
• How much money will SVdP receive?
After the car is sold, towing and administrative costs are deducted, and SVdP will receive the remainder of the proceeds.