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Donate a Vehicle

Donate a Vehicle

Donating a vehicle to benefit Operation Smile can help heal smiles and change lives! We partner with Vehicles For Charity, an organization that makes it easy to donate your used vehicle and receive a receipt for the selling price. Operation Smile then receives the net profit from the sale and uses your donation to provide cleft surgery for people in places where it’s needed most.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I donate?
You can donate most used vehicles, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. They do not have to be currently running. Your vehicle donation will be sold at an auction or to salvage, depending on its condition. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, Operation Smile is a nonprofit organization, and all donations qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.

What do I need to donate my vehicle?
The title to the vehicle must be in your name. We will also need some information about where the vehicle is located and its condition. This will assist us in scheduling appropriate towing arrangements. 

Will you pick up my car?
A towing company will call you to schedule the pickup of your vehicle. You will need to give the driver the keys to the vehicle as well as your signed title.

How is the value of my car determined?
The IRS allows you to take a charitable tax deduction on your federal income tax form equal to the amount for which the vehicle sells at auction, unless it sells for less than $500. If your vehicle sells for less than $500, you may deduct no more than $500. If your vehicle sells for more than $500, you will need to include the IRS form 1098C. Vehicles for Charity will supply this documentation after your vehicle sells. We recommend you consult your tax advisor with questions about your deduction. 

Operation Smile has partnered with Vehicles For Charity to process donated vehicles. Contact them at 1-866-628-2277 with any questions and to make arrangements to pick up your vehicle.

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Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition. Your gift today will help transform lives and increase access to essential surgical care.