California Car Donation Organizations

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Below you will find a list of organization where you can donate your car or automobile in California to charitable organizations. Donating your car in California helps these organizations to achive the funding necessary to do the charitable work they do in California. Depending on the condition of the vehicles the cars are sold or dismanteled for parts and the proceeds helps this organization raise the money in order to to o all the good they do for the communities in California.


When you donate your car in California the donation is tax deductible, however the value is determined based on IRS rules and also the donation facility or oganizaiton you choose. Some organization give you the market value based on sources like Kelly Blue Book others when they sell or monetize the vehicle will send you the donation amount.

In order to donate your car in California you need to have registration documents to sign over when you surrender the vehicle to the organization you are donating. If you don't have a copy of the registration and you are the owner you can get a copy from California DMV for a small fee. When the donation is made and you surrender the car you must sign over the pink slip or the registration form and this should end your liability on the vehicle. In California you usually hold on to your license plates and return them to DMV in California. Exception to the registration rule in California are boats and snowmobiles also cars older than 1975. Don't forget to fill in the odometer reading when you sign the California registration form, this assures that if anything happens because of the car sucha s an accident you have proof that you were no longer the owner or driver of the vehicle.

ALS Association
27001 Agoura Rd. Suite 250, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(800) 782-4747

Mission Car
173 Buckley Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 596-0258

Affordable Hauling
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 460-0237

St. Vincent De Paul village
3350 E St. San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 446-2100

Cars for Breast Cancer Car Donation
12167 Arrow Route Suite 1 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
(909) 581-9554

Cars for Breast Cancer Car Donation
1255 E. Central Ave Suite 1, Fresno, CA 93725
(559) 494-4711

Cars for Breast Cancer Car Donation
1964 Sabre St. Suite 1, Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 244-4177

Donate Cars Charity
4612 Eagle Rock Bl. Los Angeles, CA 90041
(800) 677-7459

Tips for Donating Your Car or Vehicle

Find a worthy charity, do your homework specially if the charity you usually donate to does not take cars.

Make sure the charity you have chosen in California is IRS approved so your deduction is tax-deductible. You can find out more information at the IRS site or by readin publication 78 provided by IRS on this subject. You can download a copy of this publication on IRS site by searchig for it.

Once you have selected a charity see if you can drop your car off yourself, your good deed goes a long way since the charity has to pay fees to third parties to pickup the car.

In order to protect yourself from any liabilities or future parking tickets in California, transfer the title to the charity and inform the local California DMV of the transfer.

Make sure you have proper documentation of your donation if the car value or the value of your donation exceeds $500 then you will need to document it by filling IRS tax form 8283 and for amounts over $5,000 you will need to get an appraisal for the value of your donation. Most usually you can find the value of your car by checking the Kelley Blue Book, the values of car might be slightly different in California but in general it is based on age and mileage and condition of the car. And for cars that are worth more than $500 IRS might require a proof from the charity to show how much they got for the car. So be sure to ask for these documents when you make your donation.




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