Keep America Beautiful

Cars To Donate Frequently Asked Questions

Help us transform public spaces into beautiful places by donating your car today!

When you make a used car donation to KAB, you not only support KAB, you can also support one of our nearly 600 affiliates across the country. The proceeds of each and every car donation can be split 50/50 between national nonprofit KAB and the local affiliate of your choice. It’s up to you!

Here are some general questions you might have about the program ... and the answers.

What do I need to provide for information to start the donation process?
What happens after I submit my donation?
Where will my vehicle go?
What should I do with the license plates on my vehicle?
Do I need to have my title notarized when I sign it?
Do I need my title to donate my vehicle?
When will I receive my tax receipt?
What can I claim as a deduction?

 

What do I need to provide for information to start the donation process?

Please be ready to provide your vehicle’s year, make, model and location of the vehicle.
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What happens after I submit my donation?

After completing the Donation Wizard, a confirmation email will be sent to you once you select "Submit Now." Within 24 to 48 hours you will be contacted for pick-up arrangements.
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Where will my vehicle go?

Most vehicles are sold at live auctions to licensed dealers, recyclers and exporters from around the world. This competitive marketplace of buyers generates the greatest return for the charity while ensuring that your vehicle is sold in an efficient, environmentally friendly and legally compliant manner.
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What should I do with the license plates on my vehicle?

The following states require the 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)

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Do I need to have my title notarized when I sign it?

If you live in any of the following states you must have your signature notarized on the title before you submit it:

  • Arizona (AZ)
  • Kentucky (KY)
  • Louisiana (LA)
  • Montana (MT)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • Ohio (OH)
  • Oklahoma (OK)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Wyoming (WY)

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Do I need my title to donate my vehicle?

Each state has different regulations regarding vehicle titles. We have a Title Solutions Department who can assist you with any title question(s). Below is a list of the state title requirements, locate your state to determine if you will need a title for your vehicle to donate it. If you are unable to locate your title please let us know. In most cases we can acquire a duplicate on your behalf. If you have any questions regarding your vehicles title requirements again please call 800-456-5517.

Alabama (AL)
Passenger vehicles 1975 and newer require a title
Motorcycles, mopeds and trailers 1975 and newer require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles and boats do not require a title

Alaska (AK)
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles 1959 and newer require a title
ATV’s, boats and snowmobiles do not require a title

Arizona (AZ)    
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, motor homes, ATVs and mobile homes 1925 and newer require a title
Boats, mopeds and snowmobiles do not require a title

Arkansas (AR)    
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, RV’s, semi trailers, mobile homes and ATVs 1949 and newer require a title
Boats, snowmobiles and mopeds do not require a title

California (CA)    
All motor vehicles and trailers 1923 and newer including motorcycles, boats and RVs

Colorado (CO)
All vehicles moved or operated on the highway 1925 and newer require a title
ATVs, farm tractors, snowmobiles, boats and mopeds do not require a title

Connecticut (CT)    
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, RVs and trailers with a GVW of more than 3000 lbs require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles, mopeds and trailers with a GVW of < 3000 lbs are not titled

Delaware (DE)    
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds and RVs 1921 and newer require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles and boats do not require a title

Florida (FL)    
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, motor homes, trailers with a GVW of 2000 lbs or greater and boats 1923 and newer require a title
ATVs purchased after 7/1/2002 require a title
Trailers with a GVW of less than 2000 lbs, snowmobiles, mopeds and slide on campers do not require a title

Georgia (GA)    
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, kit vehicles and trailers with a unladen weight of 2000 lbs or more 1985 and newer require a title
Mini motorcycles, boats, boat trailers, ATVs, snowmobiles and home made trailers do not require a title

Hawaii (HI)    
All vehicles operated on the highway 1940 and newer require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles, mopeds and boats do not require a title

Idaho (ID)    
Cars, trucks, trailers, RVs, trailers with an unladen weight of 2000 lbs or more 1927 and newer require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles, off-road motorcycles purchased after 1/1/1991 require a title
Mopeds larger than 50cc that travel more than 30 mph require a title
Neighborhood electric vehicles purchased after 7/1/2005 require a title
Boats 2000 and newer with a permanently attached motor or sail or any boat longer than 12 feet require a title

Illinois (IL)    
All vehicles, boats, boat trailers, RVs, motorcycles, ATVs (purchased after 1/1/1998) and any vehicle that moves upon the highways 1934 and newer requires a title
Snowmobiles do not require a title

Indiana (IN)    
Any motor vehicle, motorcycle, semi trailer, utility trailer, RV and boat must be titled
Boats purchased after 1/1/1986 with a purchase price of $3000 or more requires a title

Iowa (IA)    
All cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers with an unladen weight of more than 2000 lbs, semi-trailers, boats over 17 ft or boats with a lien, mopeds, snowmobiles acquired after 1/1/1998 and ATVs acquired after 1/1/2000 require a title
Trailers and semi-trailers with an unladen weight of 2000 lbs or less do not require a title

Kansas (KS)    
All passenger vehicles, RVs mobile homes, mopeds, motorcycles, trailers with a GVW of 2000 lbs or more, farm trailers with a GVW of 6000 lbs or more and ATVs 1929 and newer require a title
Snowmobiles, farm tractors and road rollers are not titled

Kentucky (KY)    
All motor vehicles, boats, motorcycles, RVs and trailers require a title
Junked vehicles, snowmobiles, mopeds and ATVs do not require a title

Louisiana (LA)    
All vehicles require a title regardless of weight, size or use
Snowmobiles and boats do not require a title

Maine (ME)    
All passenger vehicles 15 years old or newer require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles, mopeds, boats, trailers with an unladen weight of less than 3000 lbs and motorcycles less than 300 cc do not require a title

Maryland (MD)    
All vehicles except mopeds, ATVs and snowmobiles require a title

Massachusetts (MA)    
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, buses, RVs, government owned vehicles, kit vehicles, trailers with a GVW of 3000 lbs or more, and reconstructed vehicles 1972 and newer require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles, trailers with a GVW of less than 3000 lbs and mopeds do not require a title

Michigan (MI)    
Cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, campers, pickup campers (since 1991), trailers over 2500 lbs, boats 20’ and over, any boat with a permanently attached motor newer than 1919 require a title
Snowmobiles, mopeds, trailers less than 2500 lbs, boats 20’ and shorter without fixed motors do not require a title

Minnesota (MN)    
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds and RVs require a title
ATVs, trailers with a GVW less than 4000 lbs, agricultural trailers, ATVs and snowmobiles do not require a title
Boats newer than 1991 require a title unless they are less than 16’ long

Mississippi (MS)    
Passenger cars, motorcycles, mopeds and RVs newer than 1969 require a title
Snowmobiles, ATVs, boats and utility trailers with a GVW < 5000 lbs do not require a title

Missouri (MO)    
All vehicles including passenger vehicles, motorized boats, sailboats 12’ or greater, motorcycles and ATVs require a title
Mopeds and snowmobiles do not require a title

Montana (MT)    
All passenger vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, RVs and ATVs require a title
Non-motorized boats less than 12’ and mopeds do not require a title

Nebraska (NE)    
All passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, travel trailers and trailers with a GVW of 9000 or more require a title
ATVs and mini-bikes purchased after 1/1/2004 require a title
Boats purchased after 11/1/1972 require a title
Snowmobiles, and trailers with a GVW less than 9000 lbs do not require a title

Nevada (NV)    
All cars, trucks, motorcycles, kit vehicles, boats and RVs require a title
Snowmobiles and ATVs do not require a title

New Hampshire (NH)    
All cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers with a GVW greater than 3000 lbs, RVs and motor homes newer than 15 years require a title
Mopeds, boats, snowmobiles and ATVs do not require a title

New Jersey (NJ)    
All cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, mopeds, RVs, mobile homes, trailers with an unladen weight of more than 2500 lbs and farm implements weighing more than 1500 lbs require a title
ATVs, industrial equipment and snowmobiles do not require a title

New Mexico (NM)    
All cars, trucks, trailers, busses, motorcycles, ATVs, motor boats 10’ and over require a title

New York (NY)    
All vehicles manufactured after 1/1/1973 including cars, trucks, kit vehicles, RVs, motorcycles and buses require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles, trailers with an unladen weight of less than 1000 lbs do not require a title

North Carolina (NC)    
All cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs newer than 1923 require a title
Snowmobiles, ATVs and mopeds do not require a title
Boat titles are optional

North Dakota (ND)    
All cars, trucks, boats and trailers weighing more than 1500 lbs newer than 1927 require a title
Boats, trailers weighing less than 1500 lbs and snowmobiles do not require a title

Ohio (OH)    
All vehicles since 1938 including cars, trucks, RVs, ATVs and motorcycles require a title
Trailers with an unladen weight of 4000 lbs or less, farm equipment and construction equipment do not require a title
All boats over 14’ and all motorized boats require a title

Oklahoma (OK)    
All vehicles including cars, trucks, commercial trailers, pop-up trailers, mopeds and boats require a title
ATVs purchased after 7/1/2005 require a title
Snowmobiles do not require a title

Oregon (OR)    
All motor vehicles driven or moved upon the highway newer than 1925 including motorcycles, mopeds, trailers with a loaded weight of more than 1800 lbs and RVs require a title
ATVs and snowmobiles do not require a title
Boats are titled through the OR state Marine Board

Pennsylvania (PA)    
All cars, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles, mopeds, snowmobiles and RVs newer than 1923 require a title
Please contact us regarding boat titles

Rhode Island (RI)    
Titles are issued on all vehicles 1973 and newer but are not required on vehicles more than 10 years old.
Boats less than 14’, snowmobiles, ATVs and trailers with a capacity of 3000 lbs or less do not require a title

South Carolina (SC)    
All cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes, RVs and home-made vehicles newer than 1958 require a title
Mopeds, snowmobiles, ATVs do not require a title
Please contact DNR regarding boats

South Dakota (SD)    
All motor vehicles newer than 1925 including cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorized boats, boats over 12’, snowmobiles, and ATV’s require a title
Mopeds do not require a title

Tennessee (TN)    
All vehicles operated on the highway including motorcycles, mopeds and camping trailers require a title
ATVs, dirt bikes and snowmobiles purchased after 6/1/1983 require a title
Boats, boat trailers, pop up campers, utility trailers and farm trailers do not require a title

Texas (TX)    
All cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers with an unladen weight of more than 4000 lbs, campers, ATVs and motorized boats greater than 14’ require a title
Farm equipment, snowmobiles and motorized boats less than 14’ do not require a title

Utah (UT)    
All cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, RVs, ATVs and Snowmobiles 1933 and newer require a title
Boats built after 1985 require a title
Trailers with an unladen weight of less than 750 lbs do not require a title

Vermont (VT)    
All cars, trucks, motorcycles 300 cc or more and RVs, 15 years old or newer require a title
Boats 1989 or newer or 16’ or longer require a tile
ATVs and snowmobiles 2004 or newer require a title
Trailers with an unladen weigh of less than 1500 lbs and motorcycles less than 300 cc do not require a title

Virginia (VA)    
All motorized vehicles, motorcycles, boats and RV’s require a title
ATVs, snowmobiles and mopeds do not require a title

Washington (WA)    
All vehicles including cars, trucks, ATVs, mopeds, campers and boats require a title
Snowmobiles and farm equipment do not require a title

Washington DC    
All motor vehicles that are moved on the highway including passenger vehicles, motorcycles over 50 cc and trailers require a title boats more than 14’ require a title from the DC Harbor Patrol
ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles under 50 cc do not require a title

West Virginia (WV)    
All vehicles driven or moved on a highway including boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, trailers and semi-trailers require a title
Farm tractors do not require a title

Wisconsin (WI)    
All vehicles newer than 1925 including cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs require a title
Boats are titled by the DNR
ATVs are not titled

Wyoming (WY)    
All vehicles used on highways including cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs newer than 1935 require a title
Mopeds, boats, snowmobiles and trailers with an unladen weight of 1000 lbs or less do not require a title

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When will I receive my tax receipt?

You will receive a tax receipt within 30 days after your vehicle is picked up.
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What can I claim as a deduction?

You can deduct the value of your vehicle only if you itemize deductions when filing your taxes. Under the current IRS law, you may deduct the fair market value of your vehicle up to $500, or the actual selling price, whichever is greater. If your vehicle sells for more than $500, we are required by IRS law to report your donation using your tax identification number. You will be receiving correspondence from us requesting this information if needed. For more tax information, please visit the following link and refer to the documents listed below:

http://www.irs.gov/charities


a.IRS Form 1098-C b.Publication 4303, A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations c.Publication 1220, 526, and 561
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Your car donation can help us keep America beautiful!

Step 1
Contact us at 855.426.2474 or complete the easy online form.

Step 2
The vehicle is towed.

Step 3
The vehicle is presented at auction.
The donation vehicle will be cleaned and presented at its best for auction, helping bring the highest sales price to help Keep America Beautiful or the affiliate of your choice. Potential buyers will have the chance to preview and bid on every donation vehicle. (name of company) takes care of all title- and sale-related paperwork for you: just sit back and wait for your sales receipt in a few weeks.

Step 4
You get a tax receipt to file for tax deduction.
Every auto donation is different, and rules can change from state to state. Ask your tax advisor for your specific opportunities.

Step 5
Keep America Beautiful gets the proceeds.
The money raised at auction will go to Keep America Beautiful and its network of affiliates. They'll use it to bring people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. Then, please share with your family and friends how easy it is to help Keep America Beautiful by donating a used vehicle today!