Everything you need to know about making a car donation in Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C. – from arranging your car donation pickup to charity tax receipts.
Absolutely, we accept donated vehicles whether they run or not. Even if your car donation doesn’t run, vehicle donations are all towed free of charge - usually within 24 hours. When you contact us we usually call the same day to schedule your free pickup. Just fill out the simple form to the right.
We may be called Cars Helping People, but your donated boat can help people too. From sailboats to ski boats, cabin cruisers, yachts or fishing boats, the money we raise from donated boats will help people in our area get a new start on life.
Yes. Though most people support our local programs by donating a car, we will accept nearly any kind of vehicle. People have donated anything from boats and golf carts to an actual submarine. 100% of the money from your donation stays with Volunteers of America to support community based programs for the homeless, children at risk, veterans and the disabled, whatever kind of vehicle you want to donate.
No matter where you live in the Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. area, you can trust we have a trusted towing partner near you. Our towing partners are bonded, insured and professionally licensed. From Baltimore to Virginia Beach, Washington D.C., Arlington, Lanham, Woodbridge, Leesburg, Falls Church or Seat Pleasant, our courteous towing partners will be there to pick up your donated car or truck, usually within 24 hours. And it never costs you a cent.
We usually provide your free car donation pickup within 24 hours. We’ll work with you to schedule a towing time that is convenient for you.
No. As long as the car or truck you are donating is not blocked-in. Your Volunteers of America representative will guide you through securely signing the title over to us, and placing it in the vehicle you’re donating for our towing partner.
No, the towing is absolutely free. Plus we also provide free tax receipts for your car donation. Your charity tax receipts are mailed the very next day, in most cases.
Almost anywhere. Whether you live in an urban area or out in the country, if our tow truck can get there, we’ll be there to pick up your car or truck.
Yes, our towing partner can leave you a temporary receipt, which will show that they have picked up the vehicle for Volunteers of America.
We need a title to the vehicle with every donation. However, we’d be happy to provide a free car donation pickup without the title, and you can mail us the title within 7 days or so.
It’s simple. The only two lines we need completed are “Signature of Seller” and “Printed Name of Purchaser”. You are considered the seller, and you can print “Volunteers of America” as the purchaser.
In some states we offer our Cars Helping People program, where donated vehicles are inspected vehicles and prepared them for purchase by low income people at a special discount to low-income people. Unfortunately at this time Volunteers of America doesn’t offer a program like that in Washington D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
It depends on the condition of the vehicle. If it runs, it is likely that we will sell it on our lot or in an auction. If it doesn’t run we may fix it up or sell it for scrap. No matter what the condition of your car donation, Maryland, D.C. or Virginia donations to Volunteers of America help support vital local programs right here in Washington D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
When making a car donation you should take the license plate off the car and either keep them or return them to your local DMV or Secretary of State office.
Don’t worry, we can still tow it away.
Yes. Our representative will explain the process.
The IRS allows you to claim a tax deduction of:
- The value of your vehicle up to $500. It is up to the donor to determine the fair market value.
- The amount we sell your vehicle for - if it is more than $500.
- If your vehicle can be used in our Cars Helping People program, you may claim the Private-party Fair Market Value. Please ask our representative.
Yes we do. Please give us a toll free call at 877-721-4862.