Car Donations

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Car Donation Topics:


How it Works

Benefits of Donating Your Car

Use the On-Line Donation Form

Arrange Your Donation by Phone

Maximizing Your Tax Deduction

Program Partners



About The Arc’s Car Donation Program

The Arc’s car donation program supports our efforts in ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy full participation in the community and are granted the same respect, equality, and security as every member of society.


How It Works

The Arc accepts cars, vans, trucks, boats with a trailer, and recreational vehicles seven days a week, 24 hours a day.  It’s as simple as filling out our online donation form.  You must be able to provide: the year, make and model of your vehicle, the general condition, the vehicle identification number, and have the title and lien in hand.  The Arc will take care of the rest and arrange a convenient time for free auto towing.  Your tax form will be mailed to you within four to six weeks documenting your Non-Cash Charitable Contribution.


Benefits of Donating Your Car

•  Free towing whether your vehicle is running or not.
•  You can donate your automobile from anywhere in the country.
•  Eliminates the hassle of repairing, advertising and selling your car—let our courteous, trained staff handle all the details.
•  Potential IRS tax deduction.
•  Supports The Arc’s vision for a world where people with disabilities are fully included—your donation directly supports our advocacy, programs and services.


Use the On-line Donation Form

Please complete this simple online form for the fastest and easiest way to donate your car.  It takes only a couple of minutes to complete and your car donation will be processed immediately.  Once you hit the “Submit” button, you will receive an e-mail notification, normally within hours.  Our local towing agency will call you within 24 hours to make any towing arrangements before picking up your donated car.We value your personal privacy and we will NOT sell, loan, or give your personal information to a third party company except for the sole purpose of processing your car donation.In order to complete the form, you must have your original car title and, if applicable, lien release.


Prefer to Speak to a Live Person?

Call us at (877) 272-2270 and one of our friendly operators will assist you.  Operators are available to help you with your donation during these hours:

•  Monday – Thursday:  8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
•  Friday:                           8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
•  Saturday:                       9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
•  Sunday:                         Closed


Maximizing Your Tax Deduction

Car donations made to a charitable nonprofit organization are tax-deductible.  The best practice is to consult with a tax professional on how to maximize your tax deduction since every car donation and tax situation is unique.In general, the IRS limits the tax deduction to the gross proceeds from the sale of the car, truck or other vehicle.  Charitable contributions must be itemized on Schedule A of Form 1040 to qualify. If the total deduction claimed on the tax return exceeds $500, Form 8283 “Non-cash Charitable Contributions” must also be completed and attached to your tax returns.To learn more about what a donors responsibilities are prior to making a car donation, please consult IRS Publication 4303 “Donors Guide to Vehicle Donations.”

Our Program Partner

The Arc partners with Melwood Charity Car Donation Center, a non-profit agency, to manage and operate our car donation program. Melwood, since 1963, has provided job training and employment for over 2,000 individuals with disabilities.



For more information on supporting The Arc of Northern Virginia, please contact Howard Stregack, Director of Development, at 703-208-1119 ext. 102 or email