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Frequently Asked Questions

General Van Donation Questions

What is the entire process for making a van donation?

We have made the van donation process easy, fast, and safe for vehicle donors.

[1] Contact us
Fill out the easy online van donation form
or
Talk to a vehicle donation specialist at American Auto Donation, call 866-639-9493 for help.

[2] Fast, free pick up for your vehicle
One of our van processing specialists will arrange to have your van picked at your convenience, at your location by a professionally licensed, bonded, and insured towing partner.
van pick up is always free and you will incur no costs for making your donation
If you need to change the pick-up time or have issues with the pick up please call 866-639-9493
At pick up, our towing specialist will issue a receipt at the time of pick-up which is a release of liability and confirmation that your van has been picked up. The receipt will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model and condition of the van you are donating.
This is your tax receipt if the sale value of your van does not exceed $500.

[3] Save money on your taxes
Processing your picked up van usually takes around 4 to 6 weeks but in some cases may take longer due to particular state title requirements or title laws.
Once your donation has sold you will be notified by email of the value of your donation. (If you do not have email, you will be notified by mail)
If your van sells for more than $500 your receipt will be for the sale amount. Otherwise, you can claim the fair market value of your vehicle up to $500.
You will be given a secure login account and you will be able to download all the documents you need to take a donation tax deduction.

[4] You helped veterans
Your tax-deductible donation will go a long way in continuing to support Veterans Helping Veterans, an IRS approved 501(c)3 non-profit in its life-saving work.
VHV Foundation has worked with more than 4,000 services members with a mission of building resilience and restoring hope through various initiatives to strengthen emotional, mental, and physical health improvement. VHV Foundation's primary mission is to bring awareness to suicide intervention, and homelessness within our veteran community.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493

What are the benefits of donating my van to a Veteran non-profit?

Some of the benefits of donating to a Veterans charity:

  • You get a fast & easy pick up of your van by donation professionals
  • Help or give back to people who sacrificed so much for our nation
  • Turn that unwanted van into an IRS tax deduction
  • Free up space in your garage or driveway.
  • No need to pay hefty van repair bills
  • Avoid the costs associated with selling your van
  • No need to pay for advertising to try and sell your van
  • Avoid privacy and security risk of having buyers come to your home
  • No more costs of van registration and insurance

If you need assistance, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

Can I donate my van if it is not running?

Yes! You can donate almost any van that doesn’t run to our charity.
If you have a van that hasn’t been in running condition for a while, fill out our online form or give us a call at 866-639-9493 and a van donation specialist will help you.
With some vehicles, where the cost of picking up the vehicle exceeds the value, we may have to decline the donation.

Do you accept abandoned vans?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept abandoned vans.
Contact your local police to list the van as abandoned or find out if a local junkyard can pick it up.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

Can I donate vans whose owner passed away?

We can accept the van if you have a copy of the death certificate and documentation that you are the official inheritor of the deceased’s vehicle.

Is there any expense involved on my part, like towing charges or smog check?

No, there is absolutely no cost to you for the van pick up, towing, or donation processing, and we also take care of all DMV paperwork.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

In which states do you offer a van donation program?

We take donations nationwide and we will come to your home or office at a time convenient to you. Pick up is always Free and there are no costs to you at all.

If you have questions about your state, or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

What paperwork do I need to donate my van?

Most states require that you have a clear title to the van; some states also require a notarized signature to complete a donation.
If your state requires a notary to sign the document, do not sign the title until you are in the presence of the notary.
If you cannot locate or have lost the Certificate of Title, we can help you obtain the proper documentation.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

What if I don't have the title for my van?

It is possible to donate without the title. Please call one of our friendly van donation specialists toll-free at 866-639-9493 and they will help you with your title questions.

Do I need a smog certificate or safety inspection in order to donate my van?

No, we’ll accept your van donation even if it failed a smog test. We will take care of smog and inspections.
At pick up, you will be given a receipt that releases you from future liability for your donated vehicle.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

How long will it take for you to pick up my van?

Once you have contacted us, one of our representatives will arrange to have your van towed away at your convenience by our professionally licensed, bonded, and insured drivers.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

What vehicle types can I donated?

We accept all vehicle donations, and in most cases, we also accept boats, motorcycles, RVs, campers, and more.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493

Examples of vehicle types we accept are:
CARS: Classic Car, Sports Car, Luxury Car, Speciality Car, Antique Car, Auto, Automobile, Vehicle, SUV.
BOATS: Yacht, Dinghy, Vessel, Rowboat, Trawler, Sailboat, Houseboat, Motorboat, Speedboat, Camper Boat, Fishing Boat, Pontoon Boat, Boston Whaler, Bowrider Boat, Catamaran, Cuddy Cabin Boat, Chris-Craft Boats, Center Console Boat, Jetski, Jet Ski, Waverunner, Personal Watercraft.
RVs: Recreational Vehicle, Diesel RV, Class A RV, Class B RV, Class C RV, 4x4 Class B RV, 4x4 Class C RV, Diesel Class A RV, Diesel Class B RV, Diesel Class C RV.
5th WHEEL: 5th Wheel Camper, 5th Wheel RV, 5th Wheel Trailer, 5th Wheel Travel Trailer, 5th Wheel Toy Hauler, 5th Wheel Truck.
CAMPERS: Camper Van, Camper Car, Camper Bus, Camper Truck, Camper Truck, Pop-up Camper, Teardrop Camper.
TRAILERS: Boat Trailer, Horse Trailer, Coach Trailer, Travel Trailer, Sport Utility Trailer, Toy Hauler.
MOTORHOMES: Motor Home, Diesel Motorhome, Class A Motorhome, Class B Motorhome, Class C Motorhome, 4x4 Class B Motorhome, 4x4 Class C Motorhome, Diesel Class A Motorhome, Diesel Class B Motorhome, Diesel Class C Motorhome.
VANS: Minivan, Step Van, Cargo Van, Church Van, Student Van, Carpool Van, Passenger Van, Commercial Van, Camper Minivan, Refrigerated Van.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLES:
BUSSES: School Bus, Shuttle Bus.
TRUCKS: 4x4 Truck, Diesel Truck.
MOTORCYCLES: Motorbike, Dirt Bike, Motor Bike, Motor Cycle, Moped, Scooter.
TRACTORS: Tractor Trailer.
ATV, Golf Cart, Snowmobile.
EQUIPMENT: Farm Equipment, Heavy Equipment.

Which Veterans non-profit benefits from my van donation?

Your tax-deductible donation will go a long way in supporting Veterans Helping Veterans, an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit in its life-saving work.

VHV Foundation's primary mission is to bring awareness to suicide intervention, and homelessness within our veteran community.

VHV Foundation has worked with more than 4,000 service members with the mission of building resilience and restoring hope through various initiatives to strengthen emotional, mental, and physical health improvement.

Did you know that 22 Veterans Commit Suicide each day? Your van donation will help VHV Foundation's efforts on #ending22!

VETERANS HELPING VETERANS FOUNDATION INC
VhVfoundation.org
Tax ID#: 83-1827184

If you have questions or want to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493

Questions About Pick Up

Do I have to be home when you pick up my van?

No! Just remove all personal belongings from the van and leave the keys and title in the glove compartment.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

How quickly can you pick up my van for donation?

We can usually arrange to have your van picked up as quickly as possible.
A local towing company will be in touch to schedule a pick-up within 24 hours after you contact us.
Pick-up is usually scheduled for a day or two later, but if you need your van picked up sooner, we’ll do our best to help.

Just call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

Who will pick up my van donation?

American Auto Donation has a network of professionally licensed, bonded, and insured towing partners throughout the U.S. that will pick up your van donation. You will be contacted to arrange a time of pick up that is convenient for you. Pick-up is always free.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

What is the procedure at the time of pick up?

At pick up, all we need is the title and keys. A certified towing professional will give you a temporary van donation receipt which is a release of liability and confirmation that your vehicle has been donated & picked up.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493

What happens after my van is picked up?

Processing your vehicle usually takes around 4 to 6 weeks, but in some cases may take longer due to particular state title requirements or title laws.
Once your donation has sold, you will be notified by email about the value of your donation. If you do not have an email address, you will be notified by mail.
You will be given a secure login account and you will be able to download all the documents you need to take a tax-deductible donation.

If you have questions or want to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

Do I have any liability issues to worry about and who transfers title?

We will handle all transfer documents according to your local state Department of Vehicle Services guidelines.
When your van is picked up by our certified towing professional, you will be given a receipt that releases you from future liability for your donated van.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

Questions About Tax Deductions

Is my donated van tax deductible?

Yes, vehicle donations are tax-deductible. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and have been approved by the IRS to receive donated items and issue tax-deductible donation receipts. Please check with your tax advisor to determine how you may benefit.

If you have questions or want to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

How much can I claim for donating my van?

Per IRS Publication 561:

‣ If the donated vehicle is sold for less than $500, you can claim the fair market value up to $500.
‣ If it sells for more than $500, you can claim the amount for which the vehicle is sold.

We make it easy to get the maximum tax deduction for your van donation! Just fill out the quick online form, or call 866-639-9493 and we will take care of the rest.

Please consult with your tax professional to determine how much you may claim for donating your vehicle.

How do you determine the value of my van for tax purposes?

Your van donations to an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity is tax-deductible as follows:

For vehicles sold for under $500, you can claim the fair market value up to $500.00 without any additional paperwork.
The preliminary tax receipt will be mailed after the vehicle has been confirmed picked up.

If the gross proceeds for the sale of your donated van exceed $500.00, your deduction will be limited to the actual sale price.
We will provide you with a receipt stating the final sales price of your vehicle within 30 days of its sale.

We do all we can to maximize the selling price of your car. This way you can get a larger tax write off and more funds go back to our veterans.

Always check with your tax advisor or accountant to determine the amount of your benefit.
Here is a link to IRS Publication 526

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

Will I get a tax receipt & release from liability?

Yes, at pick up our towing specialist will issue a receipt which is a release of liability and confirmation that your van has been picked up. It allows you to take the minimum tax deduction, up to $500 without further paperwork.

In addition, within 30 days of your vehicle sale, you will receive a tax receipt for the full sales value of your donation.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

Which Veterans non-profit benefits from my van donation?

Your tax-deductible donation will go a long way in supporting Veterans Helping Veterans, an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit in its life-saving work.

VHV Foundation's primary mission is to bring awareness to suicide intervention, and homelessness within our veteran community.

VHV Foundation has worked with more than 4,000 service members with the mission of building resilience and restoring hope through various initiatives to strengthen emotional, mental, and physical health improvement.

Did you know that 22 Veterans Commit Suicide each day? Your van donation will help VHV Foundation's efforts on #ending22!

VETERANS HELPING VETERANS FOUNDATION INC
VhVfoundation.org
Tax ID#: 83-1827184

If you have questions or want to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493

Covid-19 Questions

How do I safely donate my van during COVID-19?

Fortunately, there should be no risks with donating your van during this period. Our tow driver can pick up your van while maintaining social distancing. You don't need to be present during pick up & will leave a receipt at your door, which is a release of liability and confirmation that your van has been picked up. We'll email your tax receipt to you once your van sells. We are happy to mail a hard copy upon request.

Call us at 866-639-9493 or fill out our online donation form and one of our helpful van donation specialists will answer any questions or concerns you may have about donating during this time. We will make the process fast & easy for you.

Can I donate my van even if my local DMV is closed or my city is only open to essential services?

Definitely! You can still donate at this time. We're keeping close contact with authorities to ensure our donors continue receiving the highest level of service possible with minimal delays. Just fill out our online form or give us a call at 866-639-9493 and a van donation specialist will help you.

Are there any risks associated with donating during COVID-19?

Fortunately, there should be no risks with donating your van during this period. Our tow driver can pick up your van while maintaining social distancing. You don't need to be present during pick up & will receive a receipt at your door which is a release of liability and confirmation that your van has been picked up. We'll email your tax receipt to you once your van sells. We are happy to mail a hard copy upon request.

If you have questions or to donate, please call our helpful van donation specialists for fast assistance at 866-639-9493.

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American Auto Donation is a brand by which donated vehicles are processed by Charity Auto Donation, a vehicle processor contracted on behalf of Veterans Helping Veterans Foundation Inc an IRS approved 501(c)3 ENI 83-1827184.

If VHV is unable to accept the vehicle donation, CAD will process the donation through another Veteran IRS approved 501(c)3 non-profit.

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