UPDATE: Goodwill Car Donations is currently accepting vehicle donations. Call 866-233-8586 to schedule an unattended FREE pickup. To learn what actions we are taking to ensure you are protected when you donate a vehicle to Goodwill Car Donations, please click here.


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Benefits of Donating Your Car in Austin

Donating your car puts you one step closer to being a modern-day hero, one who transforms lives in Austin without spending even a dime. There are also plenty of rewards to reap if you decide to donate. Here are the major ones:

Free towing

You don’t have to spend a single dime to have your vehicle picked up, even if it’s located someplace else other than your home. Goodwill Car Donations will handle the towing and we’ll also take care of the towing fee.

No more selling

Avoid the hassles of selling a used vehicle by yourself and dodge heaps of paperwork as we at Goodwill Car Donations will take care of everything, including the issuance of your IRS tax-deductible documents.

Regain space

You can finally enjoy a newly vacated space in your garage or driveway when you donate your car.

Eliminate additional expenses

Finally, you can now stop paying for unnecessary insurance and maintenance of a car you no longer use or need.

Top tax deduction

Receive a maximum tax write-off for your generosity.

Quick process

Making a car donation is indeed very fast, easy, and convenient!

A sense of fulfillment

Get that indescribable feeling of joy for helping others.

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What Vehicles Qualify for Donation?

We at Goodwill Car Donations accept various types of vehicles for donation in Austin. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact us directly at 866-233-8586. Here are the usual vehicles we receive:

  • Cars, vans, SUVs (sport utility vehicles), trucks, motorcycles
  • Fleet cars, passenger vans, cargo vans, SUVs, pickups, trucks, buses
  • Recreational vehicles (RVs), motorhomes, campers, travel trailers, pop-up trailers, 5-wheelers
  • ATVs, snowmobiles, motorized wheelchairs, riding lawn mowers, 4x4s, tractors, farm equipment
  • Sailboats, motorboats, fishing boats, yachts, pontoon boats, houseboats, personal watercraft (i.e. jet skis)
  • Non-commercial airplanes, jet planes.

What To Do If Your Car is Not Running Anymore

In some cases, we can take your car even if it is not in good running condition or not running at all. However, there are still certain qualifying measures to consider. For instance, the car should be towable. Call our toll-free 24/7 hotline 866-233-8586 to find out if your vehicle qualifies.

What Happens to Your Donated Car

With millions of prospective buyers across the country who are interested in various used vehicles, we can assure you that we can sell your donated vehicle at an auction in no time. We will use the funds from vehicle donations to support outreach efforts in the community, build effective programs, and provide services such as:

  • Job training and mentoring programs
  • Employment services
  • Critical community-building support
  • Barrier-free housing for the disabled

What To Do If You Lost Your Vehicle Title

We can still process your car donation even if you’ve lost the title to the vehicle you’re donating. However, you need to secure a duplicate title first, and we can help you with that. Again, call our hotline at 866-233-8586 to learn more.

How to Claim Your Tax Deduction

Important documents related to your tax-deductible donation will be forwarded to you as soon as they’re ready. If your vehicle was sold for less than $500, the receipt or acknowledgment with pertinent details will be given to you.

If the selling price exceeds $500, an IRS Form 1098–C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale. This document will serve as your tax receipt when you itemize your tax deductions

How Value is Determined on a Donated Vehicle

The value of your tax deduction will be determined by the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the donated vehicle. It may also depend on your vehicle’s fair market value.

Generally, a vehicle that sells for more than $500 will give you a tax deduction of the exact price of the vehicle. If it sells for less than $500, you have the extra option of basing your tax deduction claim on your vehicle’s fair market value not exceeding $500.

How to Donate a Car in Austin, Texas

Goodwill Car Donations makes sure that our process for car donation is hassle-free. If you’re thinking about donating an old, unwanted or unneeded car, here are the answers to the questions commonly asked by our potential donors and a brief guide to the three-step process:

Step 1. Get in touch with us.

When you’re ready to donate a car to charity, you can reach us by calling 866-233-8586 or filling out our online donation form. We will need your contact information (your name, phone number, email address) and vehicle details (make, model, year, current mileage, location, general condition, availability of title).

Step 2. Schedule your vehicle pickup.

We’ll arrange a schedule for the towing of your vehicle based on your preferred date, time, and pickup location. A licensed towing company will pick up your vehicle for free.

Step 3. Enjoy a hefty tax deduction.

Once your vehicle has been sold at auction, we will send its sales receipt to you via mail. As previously discussed, the amount of the tax deduction you can claim will depend on the selling price of your vehicle or its fair market value.

Why You Should Choose Goodwill Car Donations

Goodwill Car Donations has been around helping people and communities for over 100 years now. We have been providing support to countless disadvantaged individuals so they can reach their full potential and have a better quality of life.

We assure you that your car donation in Austin will get to where it’s supposed to be. With our solid reputation, you can be sure that your charitable efforts won’t go to waste.

Donate Now!

Are you ready to transform lives in your community? Call us at 866-233-8586 and donate to our Austin, Texas car donation program. Make one of the best decisions in your life now!

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