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General Questions

What type of vehicles do you accept as donations?

We accept most cars, trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, trailers, boats, motorcycles, and RV’s. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please send us an email or call us toll-free at 1-855-510-9348.

What do WFIU/WTIU do with the vehicles?

The vehicles are sold at private auction. The proceeds are used to help support WFIU or WTIU. Funds from vehicle donations help acquire and produce quality educational and entertainment programs and support our outreach efforts in the community.

Is my car donation tax deductible?

Vehicles donated will benefit WFIU or WTIU, a nonprofit classified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible. For more information, you can check out A Donor’s Guide to Vehicle Donations (PDF).

I donated my car in December. Will I qualify for a charitable tax deduction for the current year?

As long as you submit the online form or make a phone call to our auction vendor (phone number is on the same page as the form) by December 31st, you qualify for a current tax year deduction. It is okay if the pick up of the vehicle and/or delivery of title takes place in the next calendar year.

What paperwork will I need for the BMV?

We will need a signed, clear title, free of all liens. If there is a lien listed on the front of the title, please include the original lien release. If you do not have a title, please call our donation department at 1-855-510-9348. Our title specialists can usually help obtain a duplicate title from your local motor vehicle department.

What if I lost the title?

Please call our vendor’s donation department at 1-855-510-9348.  Title specialists can usually help obtain a duplicate title from your local motor vehicle department.

Do I get a receipt for my donation which shows how much money my car raised for the station?

Yes, you will be mailed a receipt that shows the amount your donated vehicle brought in at Auction or $500, whichever is greater. You should expect to have your receipt of sale about 4-8 weeks after you donate your vehicle.

Can I value my vehicle before I donate it to WFIU or WTIU?

Many factors can contribute to the final selling price of any vehicle, including the make, model and year of your car, along with any mechanical or physical damage to the vehicle that could affect its value. Our vehicle donation representatives cannot guarantee the final selling price, which is your charitable contribution to WFIU or WTIU.

My car hasn’t run in years. Can I still donate it?

Yes! We accept vehicle donations of all conditions. Your vehicle doesn’t need to run, but you will need to provide proof of ownership–a valid title.

How will my car be picked up?

We will arrange to have your vehicle towed away on a scheduled date previously agreed upon with you. We will NOT pick up a vehicle without first contacting you.

How can I schedule a pickup?

Please complete and submit our Vehicle Donation Form or call us.

Car donation tax laws in effect as of Jan. 1st, 2005

Your vehicle donation is still tax deductible and will fall into one of these categories:

  1. For low value vehicle donations you can claim the fair market value up to $500.00 without any additional paperwork besides the receipt we will provide at the time of the pickup.
  2. If you donate a car that is worth more than $500.00, your deduction will be limited to the actual sale price of your car donation. If your vehicle is sold, all proceeds will benefit WFIU, a 501(c)(3) charity. You will be provided with a receipt stating the final sales price of your vehicle within 30 days of the sale of your donated car. We will work to get top dollar for your car donation.

Questions?

WFIU Vehicle Donation Program

Email wfiu@indiana.edu
Call 1-855-510-9348