Car Donations

Make a difference in the lives of at-risk children by donating your used vehicle. The Home for Little Wanderers is looking for donations of unwanted, intact automobiles that will be sold at auction to benefit the children and families we serve. It's easy to do, towing is free and you'll get a tax deduction.

We accept cars, trucks, trailers, boats and RVs!


How to Donate Your Vehicle

      • Call 1-800-240-0160 and a friendly car donation specialist will schedule your pick-up appointment
      • If you would rather have someone call you, fill out the quick and easy online car donation form


Frequently Asked Questions

If you would kindly observe the following procedure, we will be able to handle your gift in the most efficient and accurate manner for all concerned.



1. What can I donate?

We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats and RVs. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please call the car donation program toll-free at 1-800-240-0160 seven days a week.


2. Is my donation tax deductible?

The Home for Little Wanderers is classified with the IRS as non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to The Home are tax deductible. Individual tax situations vary so please check with a tax professional to determine how you may benefit. When the car donation processor comes to pick up your car, they will provide you with a tax deductible donation receipt.


3. What do I need to donate my vehicle?

The car program would like the title to the vehicle, but if you do not have it please call anyway. It is possible that other arrangements can be made. Please call the processing service center toll-free at 1-800-240-0160 seven days a week.


4. My car hasn't run in years. Can I still donate it?

The car program is able to accept most vehicles, running or not. The only way to know for sure if your vehicle can be accepted is to contact the car donation program at 1-800-240-0160 or submit the online car donation form. However, the condition of your vehicle will affect the fair market value of your donation. If the processing service center determines that your donation can not be sold for enough to cover the expenses involved with selling donated vehicles, they will call you within 48 hours to decline the donation.


5. How is the value of my car determined?

The IRS allows you, the taxpayer, to claim a tax deduction of (a) the value of your vehicle up to $500 or (b) if we sell the vehicle for more than $500 we will mail you a postcard with that value for your tax purposes. For additional information, the IRS provides a Donor's Guide to Car Donations which sets forth the manner in which the IRS requires you to determine the value of your donated property. Here is a link to IRS Publication 4303 - A Donor's Guide to Car Donations.


6. How will the car be picked up?

The processing service center will arrange to have your vehicle towed away from any location convenient to you (home, work, auto shop) at a scheduled time.


7. How long will it take to pick up my car?

If you call the car donation program at 1-800-240-0160 before 2 pm, next day pick-up appointments can be arranged. If you submit the online car donation form, a representative will call you usually within an hour to confirm the details and to set up a pick-up appointment.

 

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If you have any further questions about The Home's Car Donation Program, please contact:

Bridget Daly
617-585-7592
bdaly@thehome.org

 

Why Donate Your Used Vehicle?

Help Kids — Proceeds will help benefit at-risk children in The Home's care.

It's Free and Easy — One phone call takes care of everything, plus towing is included!

Get a Tax Deduction — Receive tax benefits by donating your vehicle to The Home.