Donate Your Vehicle to Support Unity of Fort Collins!
Call 1-866-628-CARS (1-866-628-2277) or Donate Online!
Old car with mechanical problems? Low trade-in offer? Gas-guzzler? Instead of selling, trading, storing your vehicle, or continuing to have to look at it parked at your house, you can make a donation and receive a tax deduction!
*The safe and free way to support us—and get a big tax benefit.
*Any vehicle, anywhere, free and easy, and a big help to our Unity.
* Just CLICK here or call 1-866-628-2277.
* A great way to support Unity!
Donating is easy. Just complete the online form, or call 1-866-628-2277 to complete your donation. They make all the arrangements for you. If you need more information, check out the most frequently asked questions (below).
- *They accept cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, campers, and more!
- *Free Pickup. They will come to your house or office at no cost to you.
- *Get an Income Tax deduction. They provide the donation documentation that you need for your records.
When you donate your vehicle through Vehicles for Charity, you can be assured that 100 percent of the net funds generated from the sale of your donation will be distributed to legitimate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations: Unity of Fort Collins and a small percentage to Arc Thrift Stores, for organizing and taking care of the legwork.
Vehicles for Charity was founded with the purpose of providing a win-win situation, one charity helping another. Their mission is to generate funds that allow charities to fulfill their goals and missions. Vehicles for Charity is owned and operated by the arc Thrift Stores, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1968 to support children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of donating my car to Unity of Fort Collins?
Unity benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund existing programs and to support the general well-being and longevity of Unity in Fort Collins.
You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plus you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy and possible security risk, and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance, and repairs to keep your car in running condition while you wait for a buyer.
Does my car have to be running to donate it?
In some cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact a representative at 1-866-628-2277 to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.
Do you only accept cars for donation?
Many types of motor vehicles are accepted—including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact the vehicle donation program toll free at 1-866-628-2277.
How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?
We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. A tow company will contact you within 2—3 business days. Call our representatives at 1-866-628-2277.
Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
No. Special arrangements can be made by calling 1-866-628-2277.
What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. Have your title with you when you call. Please note: A clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor and does not have a lien on it.
Do I need a current emissions test in order to donate my car?
For states that require smog certificates, emissions tests, or safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.
How does the new law effect my tax deduction?
Donors are no longer responsible for determining the deductible value of their vehicle donation. Instead, you will receive IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes if the proceeds from the sale exceed $500, stating the amount of the gross proceeds from the sale of the donated vehicle. The amount listed on IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be the gross proceeds of the deductible donation.
Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes, our driver will issue a tow receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not your final tax receipt unless the sale of your vehicle does not exceed $500. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model and condition of the car you are donating. It will be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for less than $500.
What can I claim as a deduction?
According to the tax law effective January 1, 2005, if the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale.
An IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your car, provided your vehicle sold for more than $500 and you have submitted your social security number. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution.
How is the value determined on the vehicle donated?
The value is determined by the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the donated vehicle. You no longer have the burden of determining the value yourself.
What if my car is valued over $5000 before the sale?
Effective January 1, 2005, you are no longer required to have vehicles appraised. The value you can claim as a tax deduction will be the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle.