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"I loved how easy it was to donate to a wonderful charity!"Amanda J.
"We believe National Kidney Foundation uses the funds it receives wisely and reaps good results for kidney disease sufferers. The Foundation makes the transfer of vehicles easy."Kate B.
"This is my 2nd vehicle we have donated. Saving lives is a blessing and knowing that the funds are going toward a viable cause is faith in and of itself for our family."Michael K.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I donate?
The majority of our donations are cars, trucks, or vans. However, we accept boats, motorcycles, motor cross bikes, power sports equipment including ATVs, off-road motorcycles, construction equipment, and personal water craft such as Jet-Ski with a trailer hitch. We also accept farm equipment including tractors with a serial number.
Please call with questions: 800.488.2277.
Can I donate a vehicle that doesn't run?
Yes, we are happy to accept vehicles whether they run or not, as long as it has a title.
How much will I receive as a tax deduction for my car?
Your deduction depends on the sale price of the vehicle. The National Kidney Foundation strives to bring in the highest price for your donation, selling each car in a competitive bidding environment.
You can deduct the value of your vehicle only if you itemize deductions when filing your taxes. Under the current IRS law, you may only deduct the actual sale price of your vehicle or $500 whichever is greater. A receipt indicating the sale price and date will be sent to you within 30 days from the date of pick up. For more information, please visit the following link and refer to the documents listed below:
What if I don't have my title?
The National Kidney Foundation’s donation experts can assist you in obtaining a replacement title, please call 800.488.2277.
What should I do with my license plate after I donate my car?
The following states require license plates remain with the vehicle, unless they are personalized. Please contact your local department of motor vehicles if you have additional questions:
- California (CA)
- Kentucky (KY)
- Minnesota (MN)
- Oklahoma (OK)
- Oregon (OR)
- Texas (TX)
- Washington (WA)
What will happen to my car?
Once a car is donated, it is sold through auction to recyclers and dealers. The National Kidney Foundation sells each car in a competitive bidding environment, offered to thousands of buyers who may recondition your vehicle, or recycle it for its most valuable use. Many donated vehicles that are not in running condition are recycled. After the car sells, the National Kidney Foundation uses the proceeds to fund lifesaving programs and services for millions of Americans who have kidney disease.
Do I have to be home or with the vehicle when it is picked up?
You do not have to be home. We will make arrangements to pick up your vehicle at a time that is most convenient for you.
What do I need to know about signing my title?
Please call one of our experts, who will be happy to walk you through the process to ensure that your state’s requirements are met. Please call 800.488.2277
Will there be any cost to me?
No, the donor will not incur any costs.
About Kidney Cars
The National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Cars (NKF) program has been the most trusted car donation program for more than 30 years. Each year, proceeds from donated vehicles pump millons of dollars into our life-saving services for kidney patients and those at risk.
Most donations are cars, trucks, or vans, but Kidney Cars also accepts boats, motorcycles, motor cross bikes, power sports equipment, personal water craft, farm and construction equipment.
Ease: The NKF's car donation process is easy. You can donate online, or call 800.488.2277 and talk with one of our car donation experts. You can speak with someone from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday EST.
Expertise: Our car donation experts help hundreds of donors every day with title problems. They even help with tax issues or any other problem you might have.
Expedience: Most vehicles can be picked up within 24 hours of making your call. In two weeks you will receive a proof of donation letter for your tax purposes.
Experience: We were the very first charity to accept donated cars as charitable donations.