How to Donate your Car
How to Donate Your Car to Charity:
There are many questions when donating a car for the first time. We make the entire process simple for you while making sure the charity organization benefits the most from your vehicle donation. Call our vehicle donation specialists anytime at 888-250-4490.
Q. How do I donate my car?
A. Our car donation process is very simple. Simply fill out our online application or call us at 888-250-4490. You may designate a charity that you wish to benefit from your vehicle donation. From there, we schedule a free pick-up (usually within 24 hours) and handle all the paperwork.
Q. If I donate my car, who will benefit? How do I choose a charity to benefit from my car donation?
A. Your car donation will benefit the charity or non-profit organization of your choice, or you may choose one of the many local charities we have listed on our “Supported Charities” page.
Q. How much can I write off?
A. The IRS Code pertaining to the taxpayer requirements for a vehicle donation deduction are as follows:
- Claiming a deduction for $250.00 or more - a written acknowledgement of the donation from a charitable organization is required.
- Claiming a deduction exceeding $500.00 - the maximum deduction the taxpayer will be allowed under Code Sec. 170 (a) may not exceed gross proceeds received by the donee organization from the sale of that qualified vehicle. Therefore a written acknowledgement from the organization must include the sale price of the vehicle.
Q. How much is my car worth?
A. Visit Kelley Blue Book or NADA Guides to get a general idea of what your car may be worth. Please bear in mind that this is only used as a general guideline and does not indicate the kind of tax deduction you will receive.
Q. I’m concerned that very little of my donated car’s proceeds will end up in the hands of the selected charity. How can you assure me that’s not the case with Riteway Charity Services?
A. Publicly available documentation with the California State Attorney General’s Office (see Table 6) shows that Riteway Charity Services consistently gives back a higher return than any other charity vehicle fundrasier.
Q. I live in Los Angeles. Can you pick up my car?
A. Yes, we serve the entire Southern California region.
Q.I seemed to have lost the paperwork for my car and the registration has long since expired, what do I need to do?
A. Riteway Charity Services is the Car Donation Specialist. Simply call us at (888) 250-4490. We will help with all paperwork issues, whether the paperwork is incomplete, missing or expired.
Q. How can I schedule a time to have my car picked up?
A. Fill out the Online Application Form or call us directly at (888) 250-4490 to schedule a FREE pick-up for your donation vehicle.
Q. My car hasn’t run in years. Can I still donate it?
A. Yes, we are able to accept vehicles whether they run or not. However, the condition of your vehicle may affect the value of your donation.
Q. Is there anything else I should know about the car donation process?
A. IRS Publication 4303 – “A Donor’s Guide to CAR DONATIONS” is a must-read before you give your car to a charitable organization. Use this guide to check out the charity, see if you will get a tax benefit for your donated vehicle, see how to check the value of your vehicle and learn what your responsibilities are as a donor to a charity.
Q. Anything I should know about Riteway Charity Services before I donate my car through you?
A. Our location here in Sun Valley is our only location, and our doors are always open to the public and to all the charities for whom we receive donations. We sell the vehicles here either through our live auction or public sales. We supervise the sale of every vehicle for maximum return. We feel we are the best car donation fundraiser in California. We are certainly one of the largest and oldest, and have the experience to ensure a smooth donation with maximum proceeds going to the charities.