Car Donation Frequently Asked Questions
How is Good News Garage different from other car donation programs?
What vehicles are accepted?
- Good News Garage is a program of Lutheran Social Services, one of New England’s largest and most trusted social service agencies.
- Good News Garage has a unique mission to repair and award as many donated vehicles as possible to local families in need.
- All car, truck or van donations to Good News Garage are processed by Good News Garage staff. Many reputable charities wholesale every vehicle they receive and hire a third-party for-profit business to process their donations. These processing companies may charge up to 70 percent of the vehicle’s selling price in fees.
- Good News Garage is one of the few car donation programs that can offer a tax deduction of fair market value for vehicles awarded to an individual or family in need.
Good News Garage accepts cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, vans, commercial vehicles, jet skis, snowmobiles, motor homes, buses, lawn tractors and even boats. We require that you have a clean certificate of title in your possession to donate to Good News Garage (some older vehicles may not require a certificate of title).
Does my vehicle need to be in perfect running condition?
No. Good News Garage accepts most car donations as long as there is a certificate of title or Bill of Sale (for cars older than 15 years).
Is my car donation tax deductible?
Yes! Good News Garage is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is one of the few charities in New England that can offer a fair market tax deduction, should your car be awarded to a family in need. This can mean hundreds, even thousands more than other charities can offer. The IRS has an online publication that may answer more of your questions here. We encourage you to speak with your tax preparer to fully understand the tax deduction before donating.
Is there a cost to donate my car?
Absolutely not. In fact, you will be eligible to receive a tax deduction. Good News Garage will tow or pick up your car, truck or van free of charge.
Is it time consuming to donate to Good News Garage?
No. The donation process is fast and easy. Cars are typically picked up within a few days.
From which states can Good News Garage accept donations?
Good News Garage can accept donations from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. We may also accept car donations from additional states providing towing fees are not cost prohibitive or if you deliver the car to us.
What will happen to my car donation?
Many donated cars are repaired and provided to people in need. Some vehicles require excessive, costly repairs or would be too expensive for our recipients to maintain. These vehicles are sold and the funds help to refurbish a vehicle more appropriate for a client.
What do I need to donate my car to Good News Garage?
You must have your certificate of title and the keys. Please note that the registration is NOT the title. If you can’t find the title, ask the vehicle processor at Good News Garage about how to obtain a duplicate copy from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
What do I do with my car’s certificate of title?
You need to sign at “Signature of Seller” to transfer ownership. Titles vary by state and if you are unsure, ask the vehicle processor for more detail. You may write “Good News Garage” on the “buyer” line, but do not put in an address. We will enter the date and odometer reading.
What else should I write on the certificate of title?
Nothing. We will fill out the rest of our information with a stamp to ensure correct information and to eliminate any potential for mistakes. Mistakes require a “Letter of Correction” and slow down the processing of your car donation.
Do I need to be there when my car is picked up?
No. On the day of pickup, leave the keys under the driver side mat. Our drivers will pick up your car and leave a receipt. Don’t forget to remove your plates and any personal belongings, including garage door openers, CDs and EZ Passes.
When will I know what my tax deduction is?
Once the car is either delivered to a family or sold, we will send you your official tax paperwork. This process can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks. We may need your social security number to prepare your IRS forms.
How do I get my car donation started?
You can donate your car online, or call toll-free: 877.GIVE.AUTO (448.3288).