Car Donations

Call 1-877-883-kcck (5225)

Thinking about selling your car, boat, motorcycle, truck, or other vehicle? Donate it to KCCK instead!

Take part in our Vehicle Donation Program and support the radio programs you love on KCCK 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 KCCK in your name. You'll receive a one–year membership to KCCK at the membership level that coincides with your donation amount.

Just call Toll-Free 877-883-KCCK (5225) or fill out our online Donate Car form or e–mail

Frequently Asked Questions About KCCK's Vehicle Donation Program

What are the benefits of donating my car to KCCK?
KCCK benefits by receiving a cash donation to support jazz on public radio and our programs in the community.

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.

Does KCCK handle everything for me?
KCCK is partnered with a company called CARS (Charitable Auto Resources, Inc.) based in San Diego California. KCCK and CARS have a contractual agreement to process all vehicle donations. CARS is owned and operated by a non–profit social service agency that works with many public broadcasting stations and other non profit organizations across the country in outsourcing their vehicle donation program. KCCK screened CARS thoroughly for customer service policies and references and selected them among many organizations. They have been chosen because of their expertise, and all calls and issues will ultimately be referred to CARS.

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 KCCK vehicle donation program toll free at 877-883-KCCK (5225).

What does KCCK do with donated vehicles?
The vehicles are sold at a private auction. The funds from vehicle donations are used by KCCK 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?
In some cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow–able. Call our customer service representative to find out if your vehicle qualifies.

What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. 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.)

What if I lost the title?
You will need to get a duplicate title and call us when you have received it. We cannot pick up your vehicle if you do not have the title. Contact your state registry of motor vehicles department (Click here for Iowa information) to find out how to get a duplicate title. Unfortunately neither KCCK nor CARS can help you in this process.

What if my car won't pass the state inspection?
We can accept vehicles without a state inspection sticker or current registration as long as there is a clear title.

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.

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 877-883-KCCK (5225) immediately for assistance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Does the new law affect KCCK?
KCCK 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.

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.

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 877-883-KCCK (5225), fill out our online Donate Car form or e–mail to set an appointment.

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 KCCK 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 KCCK. Your membership level will be directly in alignment with the amount for which your car sold. It will take approximately six weeks to process your membership from the time you receive notice that your car has sold at auction.

I donated my vehicle several weeks ago and I have not heard what it sold for. How can I find out? I need the information for my tax return.
Call our representatives at 877-883-KCCK (5225) and they will inform you where your vehicle is in the selling process. Keep in mind that the entire auction process and paperwork completion could take several weeks. But a phone call to our representatives will provide you the information you need, especially at tax time.

I donated my car several weeks ago but have not received my KCCK membership yet. When should I expect to receive it?
You should receive your membership information approximately six weeks after you have been notified that your vehicle sold at auction.