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Donate FAQs About Vehicle Donation

Frequently Asked Questions When Donating a Car

Why should I donate a vehicle to Goodwill?
When you donate your car to the Goodwill Auto Auction, you are helping to support the mission of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. In addition, you can avoid the hassle of selling your car, placing ads in the newspaper, arranging appointments, and having strangers come to your home. You also can avoid the haggle and aggravation when attempting to trade-in your car. Goodwill focuses on making your experience as quick and efficient as possible. We provide free towing to pick up the vehicle. Goodwill will also send you a letter after the vehicle is sold, telling you the amount we received for your vehicle. This information can attach a copy of the letter to an income tax return for proof of donation.
How does the tax deduction process work?

If a vehicle sells for over $500, the donor can claim the amount the vehicle sold for, providing that the donor supplies their tax ID number (for most this is a social security number) for tax form 1098-C that the Goodwill Auto Auction will complete and mail to both the donor and the IRS. If the tax ID number is not provided, then the donor cannot claim a deduction of more than $500.

Regardless of the amount your vehicle sells for, the Goodwill Auto Auction will send you a letter after the vehicle is sold telling you the amount we received for your vehicle. You can attach a copy of this information to your income tax return for proof of a donation.

The Goodwill Auto Auction recommends consulting with an independent tax advisor to determine your best course of action when claiming a vehicle donation.

How will my vehicle be used?

When you donate your car, truck, SUV, boat or RV to the Goodwill Auto Auction your vehicle will be sold at the Goodwill Auto Auction (for more information about the auction click here). All proceeds from the sale of donated vehicles stay right here in the Miami Valley and support Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley’s programs that help local people with disabilities become more independent.

Does my car have to be running to donate?
No, your car does not need to be in running condition.
What type of vehicles are accepted?
We accept any type of vehicle, in any condition. This includes cars, light trucks, full-size trucks, motorcycles, commercial trucks, boats, personal watercraft, campers, recreational vehicles, and all terrain vehicles.
Do you provide a free home pickup service?
Yes, we provide a free pick-up service if requested.

All units must be free of any debris, trash or bulk items prior to pick-up.  We will not accept your donation on day of tow if these items are still in the vehcile.

How can I be sure that I'm donating my car to a legitimate charity? I have heard that some for-profit companies are disguising themselves behind non-profit sounding names. 
This is a very good question. In fact, we recommend and encourage you to ask questions during this process. Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley was established in 1934 and provides services and programs to individuals in the Miami Valley region. The proceeds from the auto auction stay right here in the Miami Valley and benefit individuals with disabilities and other needs. Included below are some questions you can ask when donating your car:
  • Is the organization's name familiar or is it a name that just doesn't sound quite right?
  • Is the organization local?
  • Is the organization an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit? If they answer yes, ask for their federal identification number.
  • Do they have a web site?
  • What happens to the vehicle after it is donated?
  • What percentage of the vehicle's proceeds actually goes toward mission work?
  • Is the mission work local or in another state or country?
  • Is the title signed over to the charity's name?
What if I have an out-of-state title?
We can accept titles from all 50 states of the U.S.A.


Greater Miami Valley Area
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Greater Lima Area
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7150 N. Dixie Dr.

Dayton, Ohio 45413

Just One Helps!


Jessica, a young woman with vision loss, was able to pursue her career thanks to programs at Goodwill that were funded by donated vehicles from the Goodwill Auto Auction.
See Jessica's Story.

About Goodwill Auto Auction

The Goodwill Auto Auction is owned and operated by Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, which is the area's largest private, not-for-profit provider of rehabilitation and workforce development services for people with disabilities and other needs. Find out more about the Goodwill Dayton Auto Auction.



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