Donate Your Car or Other Motorized Vehicle

Why Donate Your Vehicle to Gold Coast Veterans Foundation?

  • To avoid the hassles of selling
  • To avoid expensive vehicle repairs
  • To increase space in the garage or driveway
  • To retire from driving
  • To reduce your income tax
  • To help us in Serving Those Who Served Us!

It is easy to donate your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, RV, ATV, trailer, airplane, and other motorized vehicles to help us assist local veterans and their families.

Donating Your Vehicle Is Easy!

Schedule Vehicle Pick-Up

Call 1-855-500-RIDE (7433) or visit our GCVF page on the CARS website to fill out the online form. CARS representatives will be able to assist you through the entire donation process and answer any additional questions you may have.

CARS will contact you within 2-3 business days to set up a convenient pick-up time.

You will need the title to the vehicle at the time of donation. Click here to visit the DMV website on how to obtain a duplicate title.

You will also need to submit the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability (NRL) to the DMV to release you from liability of the vehicle. Click here to visit the DMV website for more information about the NRL, including the option of submitting an NRL online.

A licensed tow company will pick up your vehicle at no charge.

The tow truck driver will provide you a donation receipt at the time of pick-up.

Sale of the Donated Vehicle

CARS will take the vehicle to one of their sales locations. They will evaluate and make necessary repairs to the vehicle to ensure the maximum amount for each donation.

CARS will use auction houses to sell the majority of vehicles.

GCVF will receive the full amount of the vehicle’s sales.

Tax Deduction Receipts and Forms

You, the donor, will receive a “thank you” letter, which will serve as your tax receipt.

If your donated vehicle sells for over $500, in addition to the “thank you” letter, you will receive the “IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes,” as long as you have provided your tax identification number.

Therefore, in return for your donation, once the vehicle is evaluated, repaired, and sold, you will receive maximum tax deduction while GCVF receives the amount for which the vehicle was soldAll proceeds will be used to continue to provide current services and help develop new ones for our local veterans and their families.

Are you ready to donate your car or other motorized vehicle to help veterans and their families in our area? Click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: In the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability (NRL), who should I list as the new owner of my vehicle?

A: Last Name: Charitable Adult
First Name: Rides Svs
Address: 4669 Murphy Canyon Rd Ste 200, San Diego, CA 92123
Date of Sale: Today’s date

Below are links to the CARS website that addresses other common questions about the donation process:

How the CARS Donation Program Works

Frequently Asked Questions – Pre-Donation, DMV Questions, and Tax Questions

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