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Donate Your Car to KPBS

Car2Go

Donate a Vehicle to KPBS in May or June 2014 and Receive:

  • car2go Membership
  • 500 minutes of drive time
  • Tax deduction

FAQs | car2go Promotion Terms

Donating a car to KPBS is as easy as one stress-free phone call to 877-KPBS-CAR or simply complete the online donation form below.

Donation Form


Frequently Asked Questions

How it Works:

All you need is a clear title, and we'll take care of the rest, including pickup, at no cost to you. Once your vehicle has been sold, you'll be sent a receipt for your tax records, and the sale proceeds will be donated to KPBS in your name. You may also receive a tax deduction!

What are the benefits of donating my car to KPBS?

Does my car have to be running to donate it?

Do you only accept cars for donation?

How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?

Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?

What paperwork do I need?

Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?

What if I receive legal notices?

How does the new law effect my tax deduction?

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

What can I claim as a deduction?

How is the value determined on the vehicle donated?

Does the new law affect KPBS?

What if my car is valued over $5000?

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What are the benefits of donating my car to KPBS? KPBS benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness through local events. 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.
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Does my car have to be running to donate it? In some cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact a representative at 877-KPBS-CAR (877-572-7227) to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.
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Do you only accept cars for donation? Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact the vehicle donation program toll free at 877-KPBS-CAR (877-572-7227).
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How long will it take to pick up my vehicle? We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. A tow company will contact you within two to three business days. Call our representatives at 877-KPBS-CAR (877-572-7227).
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Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up? No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.
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What paperwork do I need? The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title (pink slip California only). 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].
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Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car? For states that require smog certificates or safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.
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What if I receive legal notices? In the rare event that you receive any notification of a lien sale, DMV actions or other activity related to your donated vehicle, please contact us at 877-KPBS-CAR (877-572-7227) immediately for assistance.
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How does the new law effect my tax deduction? Donors are no longer responsible for determining the deductible value of their donation. Instead, they 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. The amount listed on IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be the gross proceeds of the deductible donation.
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Will I get a tax receipt for my donation? Yes, our driver will issue a receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not your final tax receipt unless the sale of your vehicle does not exceed $500. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model and condition of the car you are donating. It will be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for less than $500.
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What can I claim 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. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution.
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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. You no longer have the burden of determining the value yourself.
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Does the new law affect KPBS? KPBS has additional paperwork in reporting the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the vehicle to the donor and IRS. The process of obtaining the cash donation from the vehicle remains the same.
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What if my car is valued over $5000? Effective January 1, 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.
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car2go Promotion Terms

  • This promotion runs from May 5, 2014 thru June 30, 2014.
  • When someone donates their car to KPBS during the months of May or June 2014, they are eligible for a membership with car2go with 500 free driving minutes. There is no expiration date for these minutes.
  • The lifetime car2go membership of $35 and 500 driving minutes ($0.41/ea.) are a total Fair Market Value (FMV) of $240 (new car2go members, or $205 for current car2go members), which must be deducted from the total car donation amount on taxes.
  • The donated vehicle must be picked up by July 31, 2014.
  • Donor will receive acknowledgement of acceptance of the promotion with their thank you letter and tax paperwork. Tax paperwork will reflect the promotion deduction of $225.
  • Donor must have a valid driver's license, and be at least 18 years of age, to participate.
  • This offer is not redeemable for cash and can not be combined with other offers.
  • Donors must provide a valid email address at the time of registration.
  • Donor is required to register online at sandiego.car2go.com/in order to activate membership. Donor must provide credit card at time of membership registration. car2go can only accept Visa & Mastercard, debit card or pre-paid card that has Visa or Mastercard logo. This card will be charged for driving time in excess of the 500 promotional minutes.
  • Once donor has registered with car2go online, car2go will provide donor with membership card within 3-5 business days. Membership card is required to be able to use the car2go.
  • car2go member card can be used throughout the United States. car2go minutes related to KPBS – car2go promotion can only be used within car2go San Diego Home Area.
  • The offer is transferrable. The donor will need to advise CARS who will receive the benefit. Donor will still receive the deduction on donation tax paperwork.
  • It's as easy as filling out the online donation form or picking up a phone and calling 877-KPBS-CAR to speak to a live operator.

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