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Donate a vehicle

Is your old heap ready to go? It has been good to you, so why not let it do one more good thing? Support the programming you love by donating your vehicle to WBUR.

Here's how it works:

1. Call Toll Free 1-888-899-9287 and speak to one of our vehicle donation specialists. Or click here and complete our online car donation form.

2. You will be contacted to schedule a convenient time to pick up your vehicle.

3. After your car is sold, you will receive a tax receipt for the value of your donation, and thanks from all of us at WBUR!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best charity to donate a vehicle to?

WBUR is home to Boston’s largest radio newsroom and reaches over 7 million listeners weekly with its NPR programs. The proceeds from your car donation will be reinvested in WBUR and the Boston community in the form of fair and objective journalism.

How much money from the sale of my donation goes to WBUR?

Working with our trusted donation partner, Advanced Remarketing Services, WBUR receives at least 70% of the gross proceeds- the highest of any car donation program!

Why should I donate my car to WBUR?

It's simple, fun and free. We convert the car into cash, which becomes a welcome donation to WBUR, and you may be entitled to a tax deduction. WBUR offers complete transparency on where your car donation is going, who it’s helping, and how it’s going to get there.

What types of vehicles are accepted?

We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, heavy equipment and most other motorized vehicles. Exceptions include vehicles whose value would not offset the cost of towing. We can accept almost all types of running and non-functioning cars. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please call us toll-free at 1-888-899-9287.

How will the car be picked up?

You will be contacted by a local tow agency to schedule the pick-up of your vehicle. The vehicle will be picked up by a licensed tow company at no cost to you.

How long will it take to pick up my car?

A local tow agent will contact you within two to three business days to arrange your vehicle pick up. If you need your car picked up sooner, please call us so we may try to make those arrangements as well.

How much will my tax write-off be?

The amount that is tax-deductible is the sale price of the vehicle. The value of your vehicle is determined by the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the donated vehicle. You no longer have the burden of determining the value yourself. Before filing your tax write-offs, please visit the IRS Publication 526 which sets forth the manner in which the IRS requires you to determine the value of your donated property.

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

We will produce and send a tax receipt via email once your vehicle has sold. If your vehicle sells for more 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. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution.

What type of paperwork will I need to donate my car?

You will need a clear title on the vehicle. Any lien holder listed on the title must be cleared and or released by the bank.

Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc. is a paid partner of WBUR to administer this car donation service.