How it Works

It's free, easy and fast.
1 You choose a charity. Fill out an online form or call to donate.
2 We pick up your vehicle for free the next day.
3 We help the charity sell the vehicle. You may be eligible for a tax deduction.

When you donate your automobile to a charity service, what happens to it is out of your hands  as soon as it is towed out of your driveway. What happens to donations is something that most of us don’t worry about. We just donate our cars to a service like Donate Car USA and trust that they will take care of the rest. However, there are some people that would like to know exactly what happens to their donation after it leaves their yard. Well, it really is according to what charity or donation service you choose to donate to.

Where does the Car Go?

After the automobile is taken away from your home on a tow truck it’s mostly likely taken to a holding center where a mechanic will go over it with a fine tooth comb. If it’s in working condition the car can either be sold at auction or in some cases given to the charity itself for the use of volunteers. If the automobile is beyond repair, as sometimes they are, then the car will most likely be sold for parts. However, in all of these cases the proceeds will go to the charity that you chose when you filled out the form on the Donate Car USA website.


If your car is sent to an auction there has to be a title change. If the title is not put in the donation service or the charity itself’s name then the owner/donor is still responsible for any crimes, accidents, or tickets that anyone driving the car may commit or receive. Auction sales happen all of the time and the donation service tries to sell the donated automobile for cash as quickly as possible. Once the automobile is sold at auction the donor will be sent a receipt so that they can take that deduction on their income tax if they choose to. If the car sells for under $500 then it is up to the donor to decide the fair market value of the car for income tax purposes.

Charity Services

Some donated automobiles stay with the charity that they were given to, this may not be so if you use a donation service. In these instances the automobile may be used by volunteers to take patients to appointments or to places that would otherwise be unable to get to. For example, the car may be used by a volunteer to take a sick child to the doctor or to transport an animal. In some cases charities do allow donated automobiles to be bought by low income persons for a very small price. These proceeds as well will go to the charity of your choice.

Donation Services

If you choose a donation service like Donate Car USA, then the work will be done for you. You simply fill out the forms and a reputable towing service will be sent out to tow your unwanted automobile. If you have any questions about what happens to donations after they leave your yard it is easy to ask.

Your Donation and You

Whether you choose to donate directly to a charity or go through a donation service, it’s easy to find out what happens to your automobile once it leaves your sight. The benefits of choosing a donation service are obvious. The donation service does all of the work for you and even comes to pick up your car instead of you paying to have it pulled to the charity of your choice. Once you have decided that donating your car is the right choice for you the form is simple to fill out on the Donate Car USA website. is powered by the IAA Donation Division, the largest vehicle donation processing company in North America. Providing the most comprehensive vehicle donation processing service to non profit and charitable organizations since 1994, we have provided millions in funding back to charities to further their missions.

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