Thinking about selling your car, boat, motorcycle, truck, or other vehicle? Donate it to WHRO instead!
Take part in our Vehicle Donation Program and support the television and radio programs you love on WHRO, and receive a tax deduction when you itemize your return.
Here's How it Works
All you need is a clear title, and we'll take care of the rest, including pick–up, 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 WHRO in your name. You'll receive a one–year membership to WHRO at the membership level that coincides with your donation amount.
To learn more about this exciting new program, call 1-877-CAR-WHRO (1-877-227-9476).
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of donating my car to WHRO?
WHRO benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund our 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.
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 WHRO vehicle donation program toll free at 877–CAR–WHRO.
What does WHRO do with donated vehicles?
The vehicles are sold at a private auction. The funds from vehicle donations are used by WHRO to support and produce quality educational and entertainment programs as well as to support our outreach efforts in our community.
Does my car have to be running to qualify for donation?
No, the car must have an engine, tires, and be tow–able. Cars that are in extremely poor condition or far from our tow range may have to be declined, as the cost to tow them may be more than the value of the vehicle. Call our customer service representative to find out if your vehicle qualifies at 877-CAR-WHRO.
What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. (Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien.)
What if I lost the title?
You will need to get a duplicate title and call us when you have received it. We can not pick up your vehicle if you do not have the title.
Do I get a receipt for my donation?
Yes, our driver will issue a tow receipt at the time of pick–up. This is not your final tax receipt unless the sale of your vehicle does not exceed $500. The tow receipt will indicate your name, the year, make, model and the condition of the vehicle you are donating. A tax receipt with our Federal ID number will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle. This will be your receipt for your charitable contribution.
What can I claim as a deduction?
Donors can claim the amount for which the vehicle sold as a deduction on their itemized tax return. You will be sent a tax receipt with this amount when the vehicle sells. If the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale.
Do I need to have my vehicle appraised?
You are not required to have vehicles appraised. The value you may claim will be the amount of the gross proceeds received from your vehicle.
How long will it take to pick–up my vehicle?
We try to make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. In some states, vehicles can be picked up the same day. Call our representatives at 877–CAR–WHRO to schedule a pickup.
Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick–up?
No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.
Do I pay for the towing?
No, there is no charge to you for the towing
Do I become a WHRO member by donating my car? If so, what level of membership will be offered?
You will become a member after your car is sold at auction and proceeds are credited to WHRO. Your membership level will be directly in alignment with the amount for which your car sold. Your membership will be a one–year membership. It will take approximately four weeks to process your membership from the time you receive notice that your car has sold at auction.