Donate a Car: FAQs

Vehicle Donation FAQs

What type of vehicles do you accept as donations?
We accept most cars, trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, trailers, boats, motorcycles, and RV's. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please send us an email or call us toll-free at 866-862-8855.

What if I lost the title (pink slip)?
If you need assistance arranging for a donation and you do not have your title, please contact us at 866-862-8855 where knowledgeable titling specialists are waiting to assist you!

What does UNC-TV do with the vehicles?
The vehicles are sold at private auction. The proceeds are used to help support UNC-TV. Funds from vehicle donations help UNC-TV acquire and produce quality educational and entertainment programs and support our outreach efforts in the community.

Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, your vehicle donation is still tax deductible:

  • For low value vehicle donations, you can claim the fair market value up to $500.00.
  • If you donate a car that is worth more than $500.00, your deduction will be limited to the actual sale price of your car donation.

In either case, you will be provided a receipt showing the final sale price of your vehicle with thirty days of the sale of your donated car. For more information, you can check out A Donor's Guide to Vehicle Donations.

Do I get a receipt for my donation which shows how much money my car raised for UNC-TV?
Yes, you will be mailed a receipt that shows the amount your donated vehicle brought in at auction. You should expect to have your receipt of sale four to eight weeks after you donate your vehicle.

Can I value my vehicle before I donate it to UNC-TV?
Many factors can contribute to the final selling price of any vehicle, including the make, model and year of your car, in addition to any mechanical or physical damage to the vehicle that might affect its value. We recommend Kelly Blue Book at or Nada as resources that may help you to estimate the value of your vehicle. UNC-TV's vehicle donation representatives cannot guarantee the final selling price, which is your charitable contribution to UNC-TV.

My car hasn't run in years. Can I still donate it?
No, the car must have an engine and be towable. Cars that are in poor condition may be declined, as the cost to tow them may be more than the value of the vehicle.

Are all cars donated to UNC-TV sold at auction?
No. Occasionally, vehicles donated to UNC-TV do not sell at auction. In those cases, the vehicles are sold for scrap and donors receive a receipt for the current market rate of scrap metal.

How will my car be picked up?
We will arrange a convenient time for your vehicle to be towed.

How can I schedule a pickup?
Please complete and submit the electronic Vehicle Donation Form or call us at 866-862-8855.