1.  What can I donate?
You can donate autos, trucks, motorcycles, vans, commercial vehicles, jet skis, snowmobiles, motor homes, buses, tractors, heavy equipment, and even boats.

 2. Does the vehicle I wish to donate have to run?
No, that is not a requirement. 

 3.Do I have to have a clear title in my possession?
Yes, you must have a clear title in your possession--there must be no question of ownership. If you do not have a title, please contact us so we can determine whether we can accept your vehicle without a title. 

4. What is a "clear title"?
A clear title is one that is free of liens (including mortgage) or legal questions as to ownership of the property. 

5.  Who is Northwest Charity Donation Services?
Our company, Northwest Charity Donation Service, acts as an administrative agent for non-profit agents seeking vehicular donations. We administer a specialized fundraising program where individuals donate vehicles of all types to our 501-C non-profit charity clients. We are business professionals who handle vehicle donations on a daily basis and provide fast, free pick-up and IRS compliant tax deduction documentation. 

 6. Which charities benefit from my donation?
The non-profit organization that you select in the Vehicle Donation Form will benefit from your donation. You can view a list of charities on the Charities page. Click the links on that page to view more about the organizations' objectives and mission statements. 


7. Is my donation tax deductible?
In most cases, yes it is. These organizations are non-profit corporations, so your donation should be tax deductible. Please note that all vehicles are sold for the benefit of the non-profit organizations. They do not take possession of the vehicles. However, since each case is different, it is best to consult your tax advisor for details. changes, or exceptions. On January 1, 2005 the IRS changed the tax law governing motor vehicle, boat and airplane donations, instituting a fair, straightforward method for valueing vehicle donations. As of January 1, 2005 you are able to deduct the gross sales price that the charity of your choice receives on the sale of your car, boat, or airplane.

In the past, people were often hestitant because of the ambiguity of the vehicle valuation process. What was "fair market value", could you use "Blue Book", the answers were not straightforward and individuals risked having their tax deduction disallowed or reduced by the IRS. With the current tax law this confusion is eliminated. Under the current tax law if your car sells for more than $500, typically at an auction with many potential bidders, your tax deduction will be equal to the gross sales price received at the auction. The gross sales price is the highest bid received before any deductions for auction or other expenses. For cars which sell for over $500 you will receive a letter from NWCDS which includes all the information required by the IRS; including sale price, your name, address, charity name, address, tax id #, the car description with VIN # and the donation and sale dates for the vehicle. Include a copy of this letter with your tax return and you're all set.

If the car you donate is sold for $500 or less the current IRS tax law stipulates that you can deduct the fair market value of the vehicle up to a maximum of $500. The vast majority of vehicles donated have a fair market value in excess of $500. To research the fair market value of your vehicle visit the Kelley Blue Book website. The IRS stipulates that you must use the "private party" valuation option. The informaton you will receive upon pickup for vehicles which sell for $500 or less will indicate that your car sold for $500 or less and include all the information required by the IRS; your name, address, charity name, address, tax id #, and the car description with VIN #. Also included is the donation date and sale date for the vehicle.

For more information, refer to the IRS publication A Donors Guide to Car Donations as it details the regulations for all situations, or ask your tax professional.

Please note that all vehicles donated through Northwest Charity Donation Service are sold for the charities and thus the donor will receive either the sold for "over $500" letter or will have already received the for "$500 or less" letter detailed above. 

 8. Can I donate a vehicle that hasn't run in years?
Yes, we are able to accept most vehicles regardless of whether they are running or not. If you complete our online Vehicle Donation Form we are generally able to let you know within a business day, or you can call 1-800-961-6119. 


 9. Is there any cost to me for donating my vehicle?
No. We pay all transportation costs.You can complete the convenient online Vehicle Donation Form or you can call us any time toll free at 1(800) 961-6119 to start our no cost, no hassle, tax deductible vehicle donation process. You will be contacted by our transporter who will arrange a speedy pickup. 

10.  What do I need to do to make a donation?
To start the donation process, simply complete the convenient online Vehicle Donation Form or you can call us toll free at 1- (800) 961-6119. Once the application is approved and processed, you will be contacted by the transportation company within approximately two business days. 


11.  What do I need to know about signing my title?
When signing your title, please make certain that you print and sign your name as the SELLER in exactly the way it appears on the face of the title. This is important.

12. Do I have to be home when you pick up my vehicle?
No! Special arrangements can be made through the transportation company. 

We were created here in the Pacific Northwest. Most other services originate from the mid-West or even as far as the East coast. National services depend on vast quantities of donations, and many donations end up at a wholesale or a salvage auction that sells the vehicle in its present condition. NWCDS chooses to focus on getting the greatest value for your donation not only for your tax deduction but to do our best for the charity you chose. Care and attention is given to every donation to ensure maximum benefit for the donor and the charity. A representative from NWCDS personally attends every auction to verify items have been prepared/repaired properly and set an appropriate reserve for sale price. Some services claim a charity will see 80% to 100% of the proceeds, however 80% of a vehicle that sold for 20% of its value is unfortunate. NWCDS is thrilled you are considering helping a non-profit with your gift. We hope you keep it truly local and make the best choice.

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1. What can I donate?
​​2. Does the vehicle I wish to donate have to run?
3. Do I have to have a clear title in my possession?
4. What is a "clear title"?
5. Who is Northwest Charity Donation Services?
6. Which charities benefit from my donation?


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7. Is my donation tax deductible?

8. Can I donate a vehicle that hasn't run in years?

9. Is there any cost to me for donating my vehicle?

10. What do I need to do to make a donation?

11. What do I need to know about signing my title?

12. Do I have to be home when you pick up my vehicle?