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Donate Your Vehicle

Is your old heap ready to go?

It's been good to you, so why not let it do one more good thing and benefit WQPT—Quad Cities PBS?

Simply click here to get started.

Our partner, Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services, ensures that your donation is tax deductible and your vehicle is properly handled. Plus, it's FREE and EASY! Start the donation process now.

Need more information? Below you'll find information to help you decide whether it makes financial sense for you to donate your car, truck, boat, motorcycle or RV instead of selling it or trading it in. You'll also be able to find answers to questions about how the donation process works, and how to get your tax deduction.

Questions? Call 1-855/242-9778 (242-WQPT).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of donating my vehicle?
Is there any cost?
Do you accept any vehicle, anywhere?
How much work is it for me?
How long until my vehicle is picked up?
What will happen to my car?
Will I receive a tax deduction?
What if I have title issues?
How much money goes to the station?
Who operates the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program?
How do I check on the status of my car or get other answers?

What are the benefits of donating my vehicle?
It's simple, fun and free. We convert the car into cash, which becomes a welcome donation to the station of your choice, and you are entitled to a tax deduction. Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services takes vehicles in any condition, running or not, virtually anywhere in the U.S., and you avoid the cost and hassle of repairing or selling a car you no longer want.

Is there any cost?
No. There is no cost to the donor or to the station, ever.

Do you accept any vehicle, anywhere?
Yes, we accept cars, trucks, boats, planes, motorcycles, RVs, and heavy farm equipment, running or not, no smog certificate is necessary. Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services picks up vehicles anywhere in the country, with very few exceptions.

How much work is it for me?
It's easy to donate a vehicle, either on-line or by phone, 1-855/242-9778 (242-WQPT). You fill out a few forms (you'll need to have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)), and you mail in the paperwork, including the title in states requiring one. You will receive a call from Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services Tow Service to arrange a convenient time and location for the pick up. You do not need to be there.

How long until my vehicle is picked up?
We pick up newer cars right away, and older cars within a few days of receiving your paper work. Need to arrange a special pick up? Call 1-855/242-9778 (242-WQPT) and let them know.

What will happen to my car?
Your car is assessed for the used-car market that will yield the best sale price, joining some forty-three million other cars re-sold each year. Most vehicles are sold through wholesale auctions; older, damaged and problem vehicles are often sold directly to dismantlers or recyclers for valuable parts and metals.
Because we work with a very large national network of auction yards, we match your vehicle to the appropriate buyer. For example, recently we took a donor's 1972 Porsche 911 to a premium car auction, where it netted five figures for a local public radio station. Meantime, a donor's 1991 GMC Jimmy turned into a welcome $110 for another station.

Will I receive a tax deduction?
You are entitled to deduct the sales price of your vehicle and, if it sells for less than $500, the fair market value of the vehicle. You benefit from being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. (See Tax Information for more information). Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services provides you with a sales receipt or IRS Form 1098C.

What if I have title issues?
If you don't have, can't find or have problems with your vehicle title, call Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services at 1-866/789-8627. Their Call Center staff are experts in solving these matters.

How much money goes to the station?
About the same amount that an auto dealer will realize if it takes the car as a trade-in and converts it to cash. We deduct the actual costs of towing, auctioning, title transfer and handling, and send the net proceeds to the station.

Who operates the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program?
Vehicle Donation to Any Charity, LLC (V-DAC), a fund-raising counsel, runs the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. V-DAC is registered with the State of California Office of the Attorney General. The program allows donors to make vehicle donations resulting in cash gifts to a designated public radio or television station, church, school or other non-profit organization. V-DAC is known for delivering the highest net revenue to recipient non-profits than any vehicle donation program in the country.

How do I check on the status of my car or get other answers?
Call 1-855/242-9778 (242-WQPT) weekdays 9:30am to 9:30pm, CST; Saturday 9:30am to 3:30pm CST.

Tax and Legal Information

Tax Deduction
You are entitled to receive a tax deduction equal to the sales price of your donated vehicle, if you itemize your deductions. If the vehicle sells for less than $500, you can deduct the fair market value up to $500 (see below). You will receive a tax receipt within 30 days of the sale.

Call 1-855/242-9778 (242-WQPT) if you need another copy of the receipt.

Fair Market Value Calculations
The fair market value of a vehicle is the price a donor could sell it in its current condition to another individual, willing seller or willing buyer, and represents the cash that a donor gives up in the form of the donation. A convenient source of information on the private-party sale value is in on-line valuation guides such as Kelley Blue Book.

Filing Requirements
The Vehicle Donation Program provides the donor with written acknowledgment (a Tax Receipt or IRS Form 1098C) within 30 days of selling the vehicle, stating either the amount the vehicle sold for (if over $500), or that the vehicle is eligible for the fair market value deduction (if it sold for less than $500). If itemizing deductions, donors must file the Tax Receipt or IRS Form 1098C with their tax return. The Vehicle Donation Program must file Form 1098C with the IRS for all vehicle donations, including the donor's Social Security Number and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program gives no tax advice. It is solely your responsibility to report vehicle value and your tax status. More information about deducting vehicle donations is available from the IRS at http://www.irs.gov.

Privacy Policy
Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program protects the privacy of donors. Donor information is not given to any organization except the IRS as required by law and the donor designated station. Donor names and addresses, excluding Social Security Numbers, are shared with WQPT. Social Security Numbers required under the current tax law for vehicle donations are only shared with the IRS. Social Security Numbers are maintained away from other data on a special high-security server not connected to the Internet.