Features and Benefits for Vehicle Donors



V-DAC makes vehicle donation fast, easy and safe for Donors. If you are a Donor, everything you need to know about vehicle donation can be found here. While V-DAC does not solicit vehicle donations from donors, we can help you find a charity to support with a vehicle donation.

You can see a quick overview chart at our How it Works page. Otherwise, look here for additional information:

How It Works

  1. Takes Any vehicle, Anywhere, running or not
  2. Free: No Costs to Us or to You
  3. Quick Pick up
  4. By Internet or Phone
  5. Tax Benefits for you
  6. Big Help to Us

When to Donate

  1. Trade-in or Donate?
  2. High Repair Costs
  3. Easier than Selling
  4. Title Question
  5. What happens to the car?

The Donation Process

  1. Choose a Non-Profit – click to their web page
  2. Have Vehicle Info Handy
  3. Complete Donation Wizard – or Call toll free #
  4. Complete Necessary Forms
  5. Mail to Processing Center
  6. Get phone call to schedule vehicle pick up

Tax Information

  1. The basic rules
  2. Fair Market Value
  3. Tax Receipt info
  4. Links to more Tax Info

How It Works

  1. Takes any vehicle, anywhere, running or not
    We accept any kind of vehicle: cars, trucks, motorcycles, RV’s, boats, airplanes, heavy equipment, farm machinery, etc. No smog certificate is necessary and we can solve almost all title issues. We have contracts with over 3500 tow companies, auctions and recyclers, nationwide, so we pick-up anywhere in the country, with very, very few exceptions. If you have a unique item, please call our toll free number, so our experts can address any special issues.

  2. Free: No Costs to you or the non-profit.
    There is no cost to the donor or to the charity. All expenses are deducted from the gross sales price and, if the costs ever exceed the price, the V-DAC covers those costs.

  3. Quick Pick up
    We are happy to arrange a “Quick Pick-up”. Our normal pick up schedule is within a few days of receiving the paperwork you mail in. You will receive a call from our tow service to arrange a convenient time. You do not need to be there. It usually takes 45-60 days from the time the vehicle is picked-up until the entire process is complete and the net cash proceeds are delivered to your non-profit. The agents at our call center keep track of the timing and status of the vehicle in the sales process and are available to give status updates to charities and to donors.

  4. By Internet or Phone
    Most donors (80%) prefer to input the vehicle and pick-up info on our website. Just click on Donate Now, or you can call 877-999-8322 and our trained Service Center Staff will walk you through the donation process.

  5. Tax Benefits for you
    You are entitled to receive a Tax Deduction equal to what the vehicle is sold for by the charity if you itemize your deductions. If the vehicle is sold for less than $500, you can deduct the fair market value up to $500. You will receive a tax receipt stating what your vehicle sold for within a few days of the sale of your vehicle. Call the toll free donation number if you need another copy of this receipt. See Tax Information below for more thorough information.

  6. Big Help to Us
    There are no costs or risks to the non-proft in this program and it is a valuable supplemental source of income to sustain our programs.

When to Donate

  1. Trade-in or Donate?
    Most vehicles over 5 years old are sold at wholesale auctions by auto dealers that take trade-ins. Our program sells at the same auctions and without the dealership’s overhead.

  2. Repair Costs or Smog Issues
    Donate when mechanical problems mean that the cost of fixing the vehicle or smog problem exceed its retail value. An individual might not be able to sell a vehicle with mechanical problems, but these cars sell well at our wholesale auctions, to expert mechanics.

  3. Easier than Selling
    Avoid the hassle of selling it yourself. No ads, no dealing with strangers, no hassles!

  4. Title Questions?
    Our Service Center personnel are experts in solving title issues. They deal with the DMV every day.

  5. What happens to the car?
    43 million used cars are sold each year, most of them in the very efficient wholesale auctions. Older, damaged and problem vehicles are often sold directly to dismantlers for parts and various metals. Our advantage is that we have a very large national network of auctions so that we can match it to the appropriate buyers to achieve the maximum sales price.

The Donation Process

  1. Choose a Non-Profit – click to their web page
    Click on the Choose your Non-Profit button and find an organization you wish to support. Click on the link to go directly to their Vehicle Donation Page.

  2. Have Vehicle Info Handy
    You will need: Year, Make, Model, VIN number, Mileage, Title Info, Location of the Vehicle.

  3. Donation Wizard
    Complete Donation Wizard by clicking on Donate Now or Call toll free 877-999-8322

  4. Print and complete the necessary forms
    When you have finished the Wizard, print out the Wizard completed page. Print and sign the Odometer Statement and the Limited Power of Attorney.

  5. Mail forms to Processing Center:
    V-DAC c/o
    Advanced Remarketing Services
    308 Market Street
    Warren, Rhode Island 02885

  6. Get phone call to schedule vehicle pick up.
    Once the Vehicle Processing Center receives your paperwork, they will call you to schedule a convenient time to pick up the vehicle.

Tax Information

  1. Donors are entitled to receive a Tax Deduction equal to the sales price of the vehicle, if they itemize their deductions. If the vehicle sold for less than $500, donors can deduct the “fair market value” up to $500. They will receive a tax receipt or IRS Form 1098C stating what the vehicle sold for within 30 days of its sale.

  2. The “fair market value” of a vehicle is the price that a donor could sell it for in its current condition to another individual, willing seller and willing buyer, and it represents the cash that a donor gives up to make the donation. A convenient source of this information is the private party sale value as shown in online valuation guides such as Kelley Blue Book (http://www.kbb.com/kbb/UsedCars/default.aspx).

  3. ICA, as the actual recipient of the donation, must file Form 1098C with the IRS for all vehicle donations, including donor’s Social Security number and vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN. There are no tax filings required of the non-profit.

  4. V-DAC gives no tax advice. It is solely the donor’s responsibility to report vehicle value and tax status. For more information about tax deduction for vehicle donation, the IRS provides . “A Donor's Guide to Car Donations”

    Links to more Tax Info