Donate Your Car!

donate your carDonate your car online and benefit WBAI at the same time! Vehicle donations are a win/win for everyone. They're the perfect way to support your community-and-justice radio station. Put your unwanted car, boat, motorhome or truck to good use. It's easier than selling it, and you'll get a tax receipt. We will process your donation and turn that car with miles into smiles for WBAI.

Use the form at the bottom of the page to arrange pickup and donation of your clunker!

A few FAQ's:

What can I donate?
We take cars, boats (if they are on a trailer), motor homes, trucks, motorcycles (if they are operational), farm equipment, and recreational vehicles such as snowmobiles, jet skis, etc. Call our representative to find out if your vehicle qualifies.

Does my car have to be running?
Not always. It does have to have an engine and be towable. Rules vary from state to state and it depends upon the year, make, and model of the vehicle. Sometimes if the cost to transport a vehicle is more than what it will bring at auction, it may be declined. Call our toll free line (see bottom of the page) to find out if your vehicle qualifies.

Does my car have to be registered?
No, but you must be the legal title holder.

What if I lost the title?
You must obtain the title prior to donating it. Contact your local DMV to obtain a duplicate title.

Where do I sign my title?
Our driver will instruct you of the proper place to sign your title. You may have to sign a power of attorney authorizing us to transfer it. Our driver will let you know what is required or you can call our toll free number (at bottom of page) to speak a representative.

What kind of paperwork will I receive?
You will receive a tow receipt when the vehicle is picked up. Thirty days after the vehicle is sold, you will receive an acknowledgment. If your vehicle sells for OVER $500 you will receive IRS Form 1098 B and C.

How much can I take for my donation?
As of 2005, if the value of the vehicle is over $500, the taxpayer is limited to deducting the amount for which the vehicle sold. In such a case, you will receive a Form 1098 B and C within 30 days of sale. If the vehicle sells for under $500 you will not receive IRS forms as you are not required to file them for vehicle donations below $500. Please consult your tax advisor to determine your benefit or for additional information. Or, see the IRS publication Charitable Contributions of Certain Motor Vehicles, Boats and Airplanes (PDF format)

To get a feel for the value of a vehicle, see the Kelly Blue Book or the NADA Appraisal Guide

What will happen to my vehicle?
Your vehicle will be picked up and sold at a public auction. The driver will need:
1. The car keys
2. The title to your car
3. Your signature authorizing the tow
A tow receipt will be given to you by the driver-verifying that your vehicle was received on behalf of WBAI. Cars are usually sold within 30 days of pick up. Some vehicles may take longer.

Is there a tow fee?
No. If you are out of our towing range, however, you can drop the vehicle off at our auction house at your convenience.

Are all cars sold at auction?
No. Occasionally, cars that are donated do not sell at auction. In those cases, the vehicles are sold for scrap metal.

Will I be notified when it sells?
Yes. If the vehicle sells for over $500 you will receive IRS Form 1098 B and C. If not, you will simply receive an acknowledgment as required by the IRS.

How soon can my vehicle be picked up?
Vehicles are picked up at a time that is convenient for you. Our representative will take all pertinent information regarding your donation, and forward it to our tow company. They will call you within 24 hours to set up an appointment.

Why Donate?
There are several great reasons, like:
1. You don't want to worry about selling your vehicle.
2. It is too expensive to repair your vehicle.
3. You don't trust your car to be safe on the road.
4. You need a tax write-off.

But the most important reason is that your donation will help WBAI!

To arrange to donate your car by phone call our special hotline: 866-WBAI-CAR   (866-922-4227).

For additional information please visit our official donation page.

Donation Form