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How Your Car Donation Works

When you donate your car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle, or other vehicle to JFCS East Bay, we use the sale proceeds to fund vital programs and services for immigrants & refugees, children & parents, and seniors & Holocaust survivors throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Running or not, we accept almost any type of car donation–from anywhere in the United States–that meets the following basic requirements.

  1. The vehicle title is clear.
  2. The vehicle is tow truck accessible.

How to Donate Your Vehicle

  • Call us toll-free at (855) 500-RIDE (7433) or complete our secure online donation form below. Our Donor Support Representatives are available seven days a week to help you through the car donation process from start to finish.

  • Schedule your free pickup when it’s most convenient for you—from your home, business, or repair shop.

  • We’ll handle the rest! You’ll receive an initial donation receipt from the tow driver at the time of your vehicle pickup. You will then be mailed a tax receipt within 30 days of the completion of the sale if your vehicle sells for more than $500.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even though we make your car donation process easy, we understand that you may have some questions. Below, we’ve compiled answers to frequently asked questions about how to donate a car, truck, RV, boat, or another vehicle to JFCS East Bay. If at any time you are unable to locate answers to a question, feel free to give us a call at (855) 500-RIDE (7433). It’s that easy!

What Can I Donate?
All vehicles are considered, running or not. We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, heavy equipment, and most other motorized vehicles. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please call us toll-free at (855) 500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week.

Is My Donation Tax-Deductible?
Yes! Individual tax situations vary, so please check with a tax professional to determine how you may benefit. JFCS East Bay is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax identification number is 94-3250304.

How Is the Value of My Tax Deduction Determined?
The amount that is tax-deductible is the sale price of the vehicle. For more information on tax write-offs, we suggest you review IRS Publication 526, which explains IRS requirements to determine the value of your donated property.

What Paperwork Do I Need to Donate My Vehicle?
You will need the title to the vehicle, but if you do not have it, please call us anyway. It is possible that other arrangements may be made. Please call us toll-free at (855) 500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week. You do not need to have a current smog certificate.

My Car Is No Longer Running. Can I Still Donate It?
Yes. We are able to accept most vehicles, running or not. Most vehicles need to be intact and in towable condition. To find out if we can accept your vehicle, please complete our secure online car donation form on this page or call us toll-free at (855) 500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week.

How Will the Car Be Picked Up?
We will arrange to have your donated vehicle towed away at a scheduled time convenient for you. The vehicle will be picked up by a licensed tow company at no cost to you and will be taken to one of our sale locations.

How Long Will It Take to Pick Up My Car?
Once your car donation information is complete, a licensed tow vendor will contact you within 72 hours to schedule a pickup appointment that’s convenient for you. If you need your car picked up sooner, please call us toll-free at (855) 500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week. We may be able to make those arrangements as well.

Will I Get  a Tax Receipt for My Donation?
Yes. The tow driver will provide you with a donation receipt at the time of pickup. This is not your final tax receipt unless the sale of your vehicle does not exceed $500. This initial acknowledgment will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model, and condition of the car you are donating. It will be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for less than $500. An IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your car, provided your vehicle sold for more than $500. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution if your vehicle sells for more than $500.