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Vehicle Donations

To donate your car, motorcycle or truck please fill out the form below or call 719-586-8613. We will schedule a free pickup that’s convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation. If you have any questions, please take a look at our FAQs section by scrolling down the page.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the benefits of donating my vehicle to Catholic Charities? 
Catholic Charities benefits by receiving cash donations to fund new and existing programs.
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.

What do you do with my donated vehicle?
If the vehicle is in good running condition, we will sell it to an individual for $1.00. Often, a participant in our transitional jobs program may need transportation to get to work on a daily basis, so this is a perfect opportunity for them to make sure they have a way to get to work and stay on their feet.

Does my vehicle need to be running to donate it?
No. In some cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact us at 719-586-8613 to find out if your vehicle qualities for pick-up.

Do you only accept cars for donation? 
Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars, motor-homes, and airplanes. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact us at 719-586-8613.

How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?
In some cases, if we receive your call early in the day, a same-day pick can be available. A tow company will contact you within two to three business days. Call us at 719-586-8613.

Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representatives.

What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. Have your title with you when you call-in your donation. [Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien].

What if I receive legal notices?
In the rare event that you receive any notification of a lien sale, DMV action, or other activity related to your donated vehicle, please contact us at 719-586-8613 immediately for assistance.

Tax Questions:

How does the new law affect my tax deduction?
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.

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes, you will receive an IRS Form 1098-C in the event that the sale of the vehicle exceeds $500. If the vehicle does not exceed $500, the thank you letter that you will receive can be used as a tax receipt.

What can I claim on 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.

What if my care is valued over $5,000?
Effective January l, 2005, you are no longer required to have vehicles appraised. The value you may claim will be the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle.