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Habitat for Humanity Car Donation

An unwanted car takes up a lot of space on the driveway. A ship sitting in the harbor as its captain heads inland. Motorcycle - was a good idea - now gathering dust in the garage.

No matter what the car is or why you need to get rid of it, Habitat for Humanity's Cars for Homes program makes donating a car, boat or motorcycle to charity an easy and impactful experience.

Are you ready to donate an idle car or donate an RV that drove your family more crazy than they drove it?

First, is a car donation worth it?

congratulations! By choosing to donate your car to Cars for Homes, you've already covered the first thing all donors should consider - what's the best car donation charity? Well, we admit we're biased and there are plenty of great organizations that accept car donations, but here's why you should feel good about donating your old car to Habitat:

direct effect. As Habitat for Humanity's national vehicle donation program, Cars for Homes can ensure proceeds from donations directly benefit Habitat. In fact, since 2004, Cars for Homes has accepted more than 111,000 donated cars and distributed more than $35.9 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country.

Built on trust. For more than 40 years, Habitat for Humanity has been known as a trusted 501(c)(3) organization. Locally, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley is a Charity Navigator 4-star charity. Therefore, you can feel confident that you will be carefully guided through the donation process (keep reading to see how) and have submitted all the appropriate documentation to keep your donation tax withholding compliant with the IRS.

The benefits come easily. Deciding to donate your car instead of selling it is not an easy choice. To make sure you get the benefits of donating your car as quickly as possible, we've made the donation process so easy you don't even have to leave your couch.

How to donate a car to Habitat for Humanity:

What types of vehicles can be donated?

First, you need to make sure we can accept your car donation. We accept almost all vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats, snowmobiles, farm equipment and construction equipment.
What information is required to donate a car?
You can then submit your donation information online through our donation wizard or by calling 1-877-277-4344. Please provide the following information about your vehicle:
• year
• they do
• Model
• body type
• color (optional)
• The mileage
• condition
• Can it be driven?
• Date of last payment
• VIN (optional)
• Certificate of title

What do you do with a car when it's ready for donation? How to donate a broken car?

After you submit your information online, a member of the Cars for Homes team at Habitat for Humanity will contact you within 1-3 business days to schedule pickup of your vehicle. So even if your car isn't running or you don't want to go through the process of taking it to a dealership, you can still make an impact!

What to expect after donating your car

We have a reputable agent, Advanced Remarketing Services, who handles the transfer, towing and reporting of all vehicle donations. This means that when you sign over your vehicle's address directly to them, you are legally transferring ownership of your vehicle to Habitat for Humanity. Once we receive your address and receive your vehicle, you will not be responsible for the vehicle.

Once you receive your car donation, the car will be sold on behalf of Habitat through a national network of auctions and direct buyers. All Habitat Auctions and Direct Buyers are licensed, insured and trusted in the states they operate in, so you know your vehicle will be in good hands. If it cannot be sold at a wholesale auction, the vehicle is taken to an auto repair yard where all reusable parts are removed and the vehicle can be recycled.

Once the vehicle is sold, you will receive a letter confirming the sale information of your vehicle. Keep this information handy if you want to claim a tax deduction!

Fishing is...

There is no hunting. Cars for Homes has perfected the car donation process because we know the power of your gift - no matter the size. Donating a car is not only good for the environment and good for the donor, it enhances our work in building a world where everyone has a decent place to live.