Donate a Car
Car donations build homes for families in your local community. We’ll tow your vehicle for FREE!
Donate a vehicle to Cars for Homes, Habitat for Humanity’s vehicle donation program, to help support local families.
Your car donation is one more way that you can support our work in cities such as Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada-Flintridge, Temple City, and Monrovia. When you donate your vehicle to Habitat for Humanity we make it quick and easy. Your donation may also be tax deduction.
We accept cars, trucks, RV’s, vans, SUV’s, boats and motorcycles whether they are running or not. Towing is free!
Why should I donate my car to Habitat for Humanity?
- All net proceeds from the sale of your vehicle will support Habitat for Humanity and help local families here in our communities.
- Your vehicle donation may qualify for a tax deduction.
- It’s fast and easy. Learn more about how vehicle donations work.
How do I donate my car in San Gabriel Valley?
You can donate your car in 3 easy steps:
- Start your donation online by navigating to our donation wizard, or call our hotline: 1-877-277-4344
- Our team will ask about your vehicle, including the make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN) and current mileage.
- When your vehicle is accepted, schedule a day and time for us to pick it up.
What paperwork do I need to donate my car in Southern California?
- The State of California will require a Certificate of Title in order to donate your car.
- To complete your car donation, transfer your title by entering the name of the agency that processes our car donations, ADVANCED REMARKETING SERVICES in the buyer/purchaser field. Then, PRINT and SIGN your name in the seller/owner field EXACTLY as it appears at the top of the title.
What happens after my vehicle is accepted?
You will be given instructions for processing the vehicle’s title. If the title cannot be located, assistance is available. Then your donated car is assigned for pickup and sale, and arrangements are made to have the title processed.
You will be contacted to coordinate the vehicle and key pickup by a licensed and insured member of the national network of contractors who work for Advanced Remarketing Services, Habitat for Humanity’s authorized agent. Donated vehicles are typically picked up within two or three days after the title is received by our processing center. You can speed up the donation process by providing information and downloading documents online. Special arrangements can also be made whenever car donations must be made more quickly.
What happens after my vehicle is picked up?
Your vehicle will be sold through a national network of diverse venues on behalf of Habitat. After the vehicle has been sold, you will receive an acknowledgment letter thanking you for your support and providing the vehicle sale information. This letter may be used as a receipt for tax deduction purposes; additional tax documents will be provided when required by IRS regulations as a result of the sale value of the vehicle.
What kinds of vehicles can be donated?
Acceptable vehicles include cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, farm equipment, construction equipment, boats and airplanes.
What happens to junk vehicles that are donated?
They’re typically hauled to auto salvage yards where all reusable car parts, batteries, tires, and fluids are removed. Cars that can be recycled are crushed, shredded and recycled into steel. Recycling cars keep a huge amount of steel is kept out of landfills – enough to build nearly 45,000 steel-framed homes every year. The energy saved each year is enough to power about 18 million households. Habitat is paid for these cars, although the revenue is less for a recycled car than a car that is purchased at an auction by a car.
What if the vehicle is not registered in my name?
The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name, and the name on the title may often differ from the name on the registration documents. Please call 877-277-4344 for more information.
How do I know my vehicle is in good hands once it’s been picked up?
Habitat uses a licensed and insured national transportation network and complies with all federal and state regulations. By signing the title directly to Advanced Remarketing Services, you are legally transferring ownership of your vehicle to Habitat for Humanity. When your title is received and your vehicle is picked up, you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.
How much of the money generated by the sale of my car donation goes to Habitat?
On a monthly basis, Advanced Remarketing Services returns more than 80 percent of the gross revenue generated from vehicle sales to Habitat for Humanity. This percentage is more than any other vehicle processing entity.
What are the tax benefits of donating my car to Habitat for Humanity?
You can read more here: Tax benefits of your car donation.
What if I have more questions?
We’d be happy to answer them. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc.?
They are Habitat’s authorized national agent that processes all of our vehicle donations. ARS handles title transfer, towing and reporting of all vehicle donations. Vehicle donations may be made online through CarDonationWizard.com and via their call center at 1-877-277-4344.