Vehicle FAQ


Every donation makes a difference!

Through vehicle donation, you may be able to make
a larger donation to the SME Foundation
than you initially thought possible!

What are the benefits of vehicle donation?
The SME Foundation benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness through local events.
You may benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plus you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need
to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy and possible security risk, and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance, and repairs to keep your car in
running condition while you wait for a buyer.

Does my car have to be running to donate it?
In some cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact a representative at (866) 628-2277
to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.
Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
No. Special arrangements can be made by calling a vehicle donation representative.

What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title.

Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?
For states that require smog certificates or safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.
How does the new law affect 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.

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.

Still have questions?
Contact a vehicle donation representative toll-free! (866) 628-2277 or
Contact the SME Foundation by phone at (303) 948-4200 or by email.