Donate Vehicle FAQ

Why should I donate a vehicle to Goodwill?

Donating a vehicle is easier than selling it on your own. You don't have to pay for classified advertisements and strangers won't be coming to your home haggling over a price you think is fair. Donating also helps support Goodwill's job training and placement. Goodwill was the first nonprofit organization in the country to begin accepting vehicle donations.

What percentage of the proceeds from the sale of my vehicle will go to Goodwill programs?

Of every dollar donated to or generated by Goodwill, 86 cents goes toward fueling Goodwill's mission to build lives, families, and communities - one career at a time.

How will my vehicle be used?

All vehicles donated to Goodwill are resold at public sale.

Does my car have to be running to donate?

No. However, some restrictions do apply based on make, model, and year of the vehicle.

What type of vehicles do you accept?

We accept most vehicles, along with motorcycles, RVs, campers and boats on trailers.

Do you provide a free home pickup service?

Yes. When you fill out the online donation form, or call our toll free number, we can arrange towing if necessary. Some restrictions may apply.

I've heard that some for-profit companies are disguising themselves behind nonprofit-sounding names. How can I be sure that I'm donating my car to a legitimate charity?

We recommend you ask a lot of questions.
Is the organization's name familiar or is it a name that just sounds not quite right?
Is the organization local?
Is the organization an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit? If they answer yes, ask for their federal identification number.
Do they have a web site?
What happens to the vehicle after it is donated?
What percentage of the vehicle's proceeds actually go towards the mission?
Is the mission work local or in another state or country?
Is the title signed over to the charity's name?

What do I need to have ready when my car is picked up or when I deliver it to Goodwill?

You need to have your title ready. Do not fill out any section other than signing your name exactly as it is listed on your title. Don't forget to have your car tag removed. It belongs to you.