Frequently Asked Questions
What can I donate?
The majority of our donations are cars, trucks, or vans. However, we accept boats, motorcycles, motor cross bikes, power sports equipment including ATVs, off-road motorcycles, construction equipment, and personal water craft such as Jet-Ski with a trailer hitch. We also accept farm equipment including tractors with a serial number.
Please call with questions: 800.488.2277.
Or visit Donate A Car To A Nonprofit (careasy.org)
Can I donate a vehicle that doesn’t run?
Yes, we are happy to accept vehicles whether they run or not, as long as it has a title.
How much will I receive as a tax deduction for my car?
Your deduction depends on the sale price of the vehicle. The National Kidney Foundation strives to bring in the highest price for your donation, selling each car in a competitive bidding environment.
You can deduct the value of your vehicle only if you itemize deductions when filing your taxes. Under the current IRS law, you may only deduct the actual sale price of your vehicle or $500 whichever is greater. A receipt indicating the sale price and date will be sent to you within 30 days from the date of pick up. For more information, please visit the following link and refer to the documents listed below:
Visit irs.gov for more information »
What if I don’t have my title?
The National Kidney Foundation’s donation experts can assist you in obtaining a replacement title, please call 800.488.2277.
What should I do with my license plate after I donate my car?
The following states require license plates remain with the vehicle, unless they are personalized. Please contact your local department of motor vehicles if you have additional questions:
- California (CA)
- Kentucky (KY)
- Minnesota (MN)
- Oklahoma (OK)
- Oregon (OR)
- Texas (TX)
- Washington (WA)
About Kidney Cars
The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Cars (NKF) program has been the most trusted car donation program for more than 30 years. Each year, proceeds from donated vehicles pump millions of dollars into our life-saving services for kidney patients and those at risk.
Most donations are cars, trucks, or vans, but Kidney Cars also accept boats, motorcycles, motor cross bikes, power sports equipment, personal water craft, farm and construction equipment.
- EASE: The NKF’s car donation process is easy. You can donate online, or call 800.488.2277 and talk with one of our car donation experts. You can speak with someone from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday EST.
- EXPERTISE: Our car donations experts help hundreds of donors every day with title problems. They even help with tax issues or any other problem you might have.
- EXPEDIENCE: Most vehicles can be picked up within 24 hours of making your call. In two weeks you will receive a proof of donation letter for your tax purposes.
- EXPERIENCE: We were the very first charity to accept donated cars as charitable donations.