FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

We get lots of questions from people wanting to know how to donate a car, truck, van, RV or other vehicle to charity. And since the more you know, the easier it will be for you to make the right decision. So here at Harold’s Car Donation, we try to answer every question about donating a car or other vehicle.

If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, the please call us at: 1-800-310-5274. Or visit out contact page for complete information on how to get a hold of us.

Are there any costs for me to donate my car?


Can I donate my car even if it’s not running or has been crashed?

Absolutely! We get top dollar for non-runners and wrecks.

How is your company better than your competition?

Based on over 25 years of car repair experience, each car is evaluated to determine where it will be sent in order to produce the maximum amount of profit. Some cars get fully detailed to maximize visual appeal at auction. This always generates more interest and interested bidders, which drives the price higher. As long as it is determined that it is cost-effective, some cars are repaired in order to increase the selling price. Both detailing and repairing raise the buying price, which brings more money to the charity, and gives you a higher tax write off! This is in 100% accordance with IRS laws.

I lost my title, do I need to get a new one?

We can help with this.

My car will not pass a smog check, can I donate it?

Never a problem! You can donate a car that will not pass a smog check.

I still owe money on my vehicle, can I donate it?

Unfortunately, no. The lender keeps the title until the vehicle has been paid off.

I have heard of people donating a car and having trouble later, how is this avoided?

A “Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability“ gets filed with DMV which is a legal document releasing you from all responsibility for the vehicle.

How do I get a tax deduction for a car donation?

On cars that sell for more than $500.00, an IRS form 1098-C gets mailed to you which gets filed with your federal tax return. On cars that sell for less than $500.00, only a thank you letter is needed.

How long does it take to pick up my car?

Usually 24-48 hours and sometimes the same day depending on location.

How do I know you are a legitimate company?

We are bonded and registered with the California Attorney General’s Office as a Commercial Fundraiser (click here to search). We are also registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Registration #SS43138).

How long has your company been doing this?

We have been helping charities with car donations since 1997.

Is there any paperwork I have to do?

No, only the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability is required to be mailed which we help you with.

Where are you licensed to operate?

We work with charities in California and Florida. However, cars can be located in any state. We are signed up with hundreds of auctions coast to coast, and Hawaii.

Related question:

How much can I get for donating my car?