1 Easy Step
About the Program
- Contact us – fill out the online form on the 1 East Step tab or call 1-855-92 RC CAR (855-927-2227).
- Our partners will pick up your vehicle at a time that works for you – at no cost to you.
- We’ll send you a tax receipt and acknowledgement.
- Our partners will sell your vehicle and the proceeds will support the mission of the American Red Cross.
Your vehicle donation to the American Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program enables the Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
Donating your vehicle is another great way to help us help others.
Frequently Asked Questions
As a donor, the program provides a cost-free way to dispose of your unwanted vehicle while getting a tax deduction. As a supporter, your donation to the Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program enables the Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Donating your vehicle is another great way to help us help others.
The Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program provides an alternate opportunity for you to donate to the Red Cross. It offers a tax-deductible way to dispose of unwanted vehicles in almost any condition. The program is available in all 50 states. It is not available in other countries served by the Red Cross. Regardless of the condition or location, the Red Cross vendor, Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA), will work directly with you to arrange to pick up your vehicle at no cost to you, at a time convenient for you. IAA will then provide the documentation you need for tax purposes and sell the vehicle. Revenue generated through the program enables the Red Cross to carry out its humanitarian mission locally, nationally and around the world.
The Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program can accept vehicles in almost any condition, in all 50 states. We accept many types of vehicles, including donations of cars, trucks of all sizes, SUVs, RVs, boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, jet skis, tractors, farm equipment and other heavy equipment, and more.
Making a vehicle donation is easy for donors. From start to finish, the process averages about 30 days. There are three simple steps:
- Contact the Red Cross’ partner IAA using the online form on the 1 East Step tab or the toll-free 24/7 donation line at 1-855-92RC CAR (855-927-2227).
- IAA will pick up your vehicle at the most convenient time for you – at no cost to you.
- You will receive a tax acknowledgement letter and the vehicle will be sold.
You will receive an acknowledgement letter that can be used as a receipt for tax deduction purposes. Generally within 30 days, your vehicle will be sold through one of IAA’s Donation Division’s auction sites on behalf of the Red Cross. Once sold, additional tax documents may be provided when required by IRS regulations as a result of the sale value of the vehicle. Revenue from the sale is sent directly to the Red Cross to support our mission.
Only a small percentage of vehicle donations are rejected. Most rejections stem from one of two reasons: 1) lack of anticipated value or 2) title issues. The Red Cross encourages all supporters considering a vehicle donation to contact IAA, regardless of the vehicle’s condition or title issues. IAA will assess each situation on a case-by-case basis and can often help resolve title issues.
If you are the executor of your family member’s estate, we would be happy to work with you to accept the donation. Only the executor of the deceased person's estate can donate the vehicle to charity. Usually, the executor of one's estate is determined by the deceased person's will. If no executor has been appointed–perhaps because there was no will or because the vehicle is the only asset left behind–you will need to contact an attorney to start the process of having an executor appointed by the state. Once an executor is officially appointed, a legal document will be issued confirming that you have the legal ability to act on behalf of the deceased person. Once you have received this document, please give us a call to start the process. Our customer service representatives will let you know if any further paperwork is needed per state requirements.
Vehicles donated through the Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program will not be used or distributed by the Red Cross. They will be sold by IAA to generate revenue to support the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. Though the Red Cross does not distribute vehicles, if you have a new vehicle you would like to donate for use by the Red Cross, please contact your local chapter or our Inkind Fundraising Unit using their online form.
The Red Cross partnered with Insurance Auto Auctions’ Donation Division after a national search because of its ability to provide consistent returns and services across the majority of the area served by the Red Cross. IAA’s Donation Division handles the entire vehicle donation process on behalf of the Red Cross, from the initial call or online inquiry to providing the donor services once your vehicle is sold.
Donors to the American Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program can deduct the full sale value of their vehicle donation. IAA will send you an acknowledgement and tax receipt within about a week of accepting the vehicle donation. The tax receipt will provide all you need to receive full credit for the gross revenue received up to $499. If your vehicle is sold for $500 or more, you may receive full tax credit if you complete and return the form that IAA provides as required by the IRS. If you have any issues or concerns at any point in the process, you may contact IAA at 855 92 RC CAR (927 2227).
Neither IAA nor the Red Cross is qualified to provide tax advice. For more detailed information, we recommend you consult your professional tax advisor and the most recent versions of the following IRS publications relating to charitable vehicle donations:
- A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations
- Charitable Contributions
- Determining the Value of Donated Property
- Non Cash Charitable Contributions (Instructions)
- Non Cash Charitable Contributions
- Instructions for Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats and Airplanes