Donate a Vehicle
The Arc’s car donation program
The Arc’s car donation program supports our efforts in ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy full participation in the community and are granted the same respect, equality, and security as every member of society.
We accept cars, vans, trucks, boats with a trailer, and recreational vehicles. Benefits of donating a vehicle include the following:
- Eliminates the hassle of repairing, advertising and selling your car, including free towing, whether your vehicle is running or not, from anywhere in the country
- Potential IRS tax deduction
- Directly supports our advocacy, programs, and services
How to donate a vehicle
Complete the The Arc online car donation form (recommended), or call (877) 272-2270 to have one of our staff assist you. Please be able to provide the following information:
- The year, make, and model of the vehicle
- The general condition of the vehicle
- The vehicle identification number (VIN)
- The original title and lien (or lien release, if applicable)
Once submitted, an email notification will be sent to you within a few hours.
Within 24 hours, our local towing agency will contact you to arrange a time to pick up your vehicle free of charge.
In four to six weeks, you will be mailed a “non-cash charitable contributions” tax form.
Maximize your tax deduction
Car donations made to a charitable nonprofit organization are tax-deductible. The best practice is to consult with a tax professional on how to maximize your tax deduction since every car donation and tax situation is unique.
In general, the IRS limits the tax deduction to the gross proceeds from the sale of the car, truck or other vehicle. Charitable contributions must be itemized on Schedule A of Form 1040 to qualify. If the total deduction claimed on the tax return exceeds $500, Form 8283 “Non-cash Charitable Contributions” must also be completed and attached.
To learn more about what a donors responsibilities are prior to making a car donation, please refer to A Donors Guide to Vehicle Donation (PDF) in IRS Publication 4303. This file may be read with Adobe Reader.
The Arc partners with Melwood Charity Car Donation Center, a non-profit agency, to manage and operate our car donation program. Melwood, since 1963, has provided job training and employment for over 2,000 individuals with disabilities.