Donating a car to charity is a good way for you to get rid of an unwanted vehicle while helping a good cause and obtaining a tax deduction for yourself in the process. In most cases, a classified 501(c)(3) charity will accept donation of a car or other used vehicle no matter what condition it’s in.
However, a donation may not be acceptable if you don’t have a copy of the vehicle’s title. At best, you might be able to donate the car as a junk vehicle, and it can be sold off as parts, but that won’t do as much good for the charity or your tax return.
Nevertheless, there are options for donating a car without a title while still obtaining the most benefits for you and the charity. You may be able to obtain a duplicate copy of the title through the DMV, or the charity may be able to help you obtain one through other means.
Getting A Duplicate Title Yourself
If you don’t have or cannot find a copy of your vehicle’s title, you may be able to obtain a copy of the title through your state’s DMV. You should check with your state’s DMV to find out exactly what type of documentation you will need to prove ownership of your vehicle, but in many cases you will need to fill out an application for a replacement title.
Some states require a photo ID, other states ask for the car’s registration. In some states, you have the option of requesting an expedited duplicate title for an additional fee if you need the title within a few weeks. If there are any liens on your vehicle, you may need to file additional paperwork to obtain a new title.
Obtaining A Duplicate Title With Help From The Charity
If you are unable to obtain a duplicate title from your state’s DMV, you may still be able to donate the vehicle with help of the charity to which you plan to donate. In some cases, the charity will work with agencies that can make obtaining a duplicate title easier.
Alternatively, the charity may accept the donation as long as it can be proven that there are no liens on the car. Check with the charity of your choice to determine if it will be able to help you with the duplicate title should you be unable to get one on your own.
Whether or not you have the title to your vehicle, Goodwill Car Donations can work with you to donate your vehicle and support our numerous mission-focused programs. We make the donation process fast, safe and easy for you — we’ll even tow the vehicle for free.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you and how you can help us.
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