Frequently Asked Questions about Vehicle Donation

Where will my vehicle go?

Most vehicles are sold at live auctions to licensed dealers, recyclers and exporters from around the world.

Where does my dollar go?

The American Lung Association has been awarded a Four-Star Charity Navigator Rating, and is proud to be among the top charities in the world for distribution of dollars and resources. Eighty-seven cents of every dollar goes to program services, 10 cents to fundraising and 4 cents to administration.

When will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

You can expect a receipt within 45 days from the time we pick up your vehicle.

What types of vehicles are accepted?

Automobiles, trucks, SUVs and vans are all accepted in any condition. Other vehicles, such as boats, RVs, large trucks, motorcycles and farming equipment require an examination by the American Lung Association prior to being accepted.

What information do I need to provide for a donation?

Your name, phone number, address and email are all required as well as some vehicle information (vehicle type, make, and model).

What happens after I submit my donation?

A confirmation email from the American Lung Association will be sent so you know we received your donation request.

How long does the process take?

Your vehicle pick-up will be scheduled within two days of your donation request. The office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Central Time. Staff will work with your schedule for pick-up, allowing a four-hour time window.

How does the tax deduction work?

You can deduct the value of your vehicle only if you itemize deductions. A receipt indicating the vehicle sale price will be sent to you within 45 days after picking up your vehicle. Please consult a tax professional for further information. Visit the Tax Deduction Answers page for additional information about receiving a tax deduction for your donated vehicle.

How can I get rid of my car?

The process is fast and easy. Simply call 1-800-586-4227 and we’ll arrange to pick up your vehicle, no matter what condition it’s in.

Can I still donate a car if I don't have a title?

We highly encourage any donation, with or without a title. A representative from our Title Solutions Department will assist in getting your title if one is needed. 1-800-LUNGCAR (1-800-586-4227).

Page last updated: July 7, 2020

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