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CARS Donation

Donate a vehicle to CJFS and CARS!

We have partnered with CARS as a safe, easy way for our supporters to donate a vehicle to CJFS. For more information please contact Elaine Witt at [email protected] or 205.879.3438, or review the information below.

Donating Your Vehicle

CARS provides a simple way for you to donate your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, ATV, RV, trailer or airplane to CJFS.  CLICK HERE to visit the CJFS page to donate your vehicle, or call CARS at 1.855.500.CARS (7433). 

The Donation Process

Schedule the Vehicle Pickup
As a donor, you will work with CARS to schedule a time for your vehicle to be picked up. A licensed tow company will pick up your vehicle at no cost to you and take it to a sale location. You will be provided a Donation Receipt by the tow driver at the time of pick up.

The Vehicle is Sold
CARS has sales locations where each vehicle is evaluated. When it is cost-effective, CARS makes major and/or minor mechanical repairs. Affiliated auction houses sell the majority of donated vehicles. CJFS recieves 90% of the ultimate sale price.

NOTE: CARS provides all necessary tax deduction receipts and forms within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle, you will receive a thank you letter which you may use as a tax receipt. This may be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for $500 or less. If your donated vehicle sells for more than $500, CARS will mail you an additional receipt known as "IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes" if your tax identification number has been provided.

Pre-Donation FAQS

What are the benefits of donating my vehicle to CJFS?

  • Your donation will help CJFS continue to serve older adults and their families
  • Your donation is tax deductible.
  • You avoid the costs, headaches and security risks associated with selling your vehicle.
  • You avoid paying for vehicle registration, insurance, and repairs waiting for a buyer.

What types of vehicles do you accept?

Most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV's, motorcycles, off road vehicles, heavy equipment and other motorized vehicles are accepted.

Does my car have to be running to be donated?

CARS can take your vehicle running or not. However, it must be in one piece, have an engine, and be towable. Contact a CARS representative at 855-500-RIDE (7433) to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.

How quickly can I get my vehicle picked up?

You will be contacted by CARS within 24 hours of receipt of the donation to schedule a pickup. Typically CARS can pick up your vehicle within 2 to 3 business days. If you need your vehicle picked up sooner, please call CARS toll-free at 855-500-RIDE (7433) as they may be able to make those arrangements.

Do I need the title to donate my vehicle?

You will need the title to the vehicle. If you do not have it, it is possible that other arrangements can be made. Please call CARS toll-free at 855-500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week, for more information.

What is done with donated vehicles?

CARS sells vehicles through private auction. Once a vehicle is sold, CJFS receives 90% of the proceeds.