General Questions

What are the benefits of donating my car to Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania?

Goodwill SWPA benefits by receiving a cash donation that helps support programs and services that provide education, job skills training and employment opportunities for people with barriers to employment.

You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. You will also avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy or possible security risk, and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance or repairs while you wait for a buyer. 

Does my car have to be running to donate it?

In some cases, we can take your car running or not; however, it must not be missing any parts and be able to safely tow. 

Do you only accept cars for donation? 

Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars. You must have the title and the VIN# on the vehicle must be legible and match the title. 

How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?

We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. A tow company will contact you within two to three business days. 

Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?

No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representatives. 

What paperwork do I need?

The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. Have your title with you when you call to schedule your donation. Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien.

Tax Questions

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes, your driver will give you a receipt when they pick up your car. If your vehicle sells for less than $500, this is the only receipt you will receive. See information below about vehicles that sell for over $500.

What can I claim as a deduction?

According to the tax law effective January 1, 2005, if the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale.

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 and you have submitted your social security number. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution. 

How is the value determined on the vehicle donated?

The value 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. 

What if my car is valued over $5,000?

Effective January 1, 2005, you are no longer required to have vehicles appraised. The value you may claim will be the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle. 

Still have questions?  Contact a customer service representative at 1-888-304-0227 or email info@vehiclesforcharity.org.