Vehicle Donation

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

When you donate your vehicle to Arizona PBS you will be supporting all the programs you love; plus, you can receive a tax deduction when you itemize your return.

Here's how it works:

Call our toll free number, 1.844.CARS769 or fill out the web form and we'll take care of the rest, including pickā€“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 Arizona PBS in your name. You will also receive a one-year membership to Arizona PBS.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

To learn more about this exciting program, call toll free at 1.844.CARS769 or fill out the form below.

Benefits of Donating FAQs

Benefits of Donating Your Vehicle Arizona PBS/KAET

With your donation, you automatically become a Friend of Arizona PBS, with all its privileges and benefits.

First, you will receive a one-year subscription to the Arizona PBS Magazine to keep you up to date with the exceptional programming your contribution supports.

Your donation of $500-$999 entitles you to invitations to receptions, previews and special events as a member of Arizona PBS's Studio Club. With a donation totaling $1,000 or more, you become a member of Signal Society with "By Invitation Only" events featuring PBS personalities and behind-the-scenes opportunities of Arizona PBS productions.

If you are already a member you will receive an additional one-year subscription to the Arizona PBS Magazine.

For additional information on our Vehicle Donation program, check out our most frequently asked questions below.


General Questions | Tax Questions

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 (link to or call us toll-free at

Is my car donation tax deductible?
Vehicles donated will benefit Arizona PBS, a nonprofit classified with the IRS as a
501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible. For more information, you can check out the Internal Revenue Service’s A Donor's Guide to Vehicle Donations (pdf).

What paperwork will I need for the DMV?
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 1.844.CARS769. 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 donation department at 1.844.CARS769. Our title specialists can usually help obtain a duplicate title from your local motor vehicle department.

What does Arizona PBS do with the vehicles?
The vehicles are sold at private auction. The proceeds are used to help support Arizona PBS. Funds from vehicle donations help Arizona PBS acquire and produce quality educational and entertainment programs and support our outreach efforts in the community.

Is my contribution still deductible under the new tax laws?
Yes, under the new tax law effective in 2005, people who donate vehicles to charities can claim the actual amount for which the vehicle sells at auction.

Do I get a receipt for my donation which shows how much money my car raised for Arizona PBS?
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 four - eight weeks after you donate your vehicle.

Can I value my vehicle before I donate it to Arizona PBS?
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. Arizona PBS’s vehicle donation representatives cannot guarantee the final selling price, which is your charitable contribution to Arizona PBS.

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 proof of ownership.

I donated my car several weeks ago but have not received my complimentary membership. When should I expect to receive it?
Often it takes four weeks from the moment your vehicle is picked up to the time Arizona PBS receives notification of your donation. Then, it can take another two to four weeks to complete your membership and send it to you. You should receive your new member welcome kit approximately six to eight weeks from the date you donate your vehicle to Arizona PBS. If you are currently a member, you should have received your thank-you gift at the time of your pickup.

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 at 1.844.CARS769.

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 Arizona PBS, 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.

Tax Questions

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.

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 Arizona PBS/KAET?
Arizona PBS
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 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.

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.