Frequently Asked Questions

For more than 17 years, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara county has accepted donations of all types of vehicles including, cars, trucks, vans, RV’s motorcycles, trailers, and boats. Proceeds from these donations help individuals and families in need in our County.

We provide personalized service and you interact directly with Catholic Charities staff and not through a third party. We provide fast, free towing making pickup easy. We process the title transaction through the California Department of Motor vehicles and we provide you an IRS approved receipt. Please contact us anytime for more information about vehicle donation in San Jose.

Thank you for choosing Catholic Charities for your car donation!


Q. What can I claim as a deduction?

According to the tax law effective January 1, 2005, if the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale. An IRS form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your car, provided your vehicle is sold for more than $500. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution. Feel free to talk to us anytime about how to donate a car for a tax deduction.


Q. How is the value of my vehicle donation determined?

The value is determined by the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the donated vehicle.


Q. Can I donate an abandoned vehicle?

No. We are unable to accept abandoned vehicles. To get rid of an abandoned car within Santa Clara County call or visit your local Police Department.


Q. If someone passes away can the vehicle still be donated?

Car Donation of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County can pick up the vehicle donation as long as we have a copy of the death certificate and proper documentation that you are the inheritor of the deceased’s belongings.


Q. Who benefits from my vehicle donation?

At Catholic Charities we benefit from your vehicle donation by receiving a cash donation to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness throughout Santa Clara County.

You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. You also avoid the hassles associated with selling your car. When you donate your car to Catholic Charities you reduce your need to deal with advertising, prevent security risks, and remove yourself from needing to pay for vehicle registration, insurance, and conduct repairs to keep your car in running condition while you wait for a buyer.


Q. Where do you pick up?

We conduct vehicle donation pick ups all over the South Bay Area and often can make exceptions to reach our donors in the surrounding counties. Call us today at 1.866.565.5912 to find out if we pick up vehicle donations in your area.


Q. What will happen to my vehicle donation?

Your vehicle donation will be assessed by our car donation specialists and their future depends on the condition of the vehicle as well as other contributing factors. Some of the vehicles donated are junked or used for parts. To find out more, visit or call us at 1.866.565.5912.


Q. Do I need to be present at the time of pick-up?

While we always enjoy meeting our generous donors, we do not require that you be present during the vehicle donation pick up. Simply remove any personal belongings from your vehicle and we will do the rest.


Q. What documentation do I need to provide to donate my vehicle?

The only documentation you need to provide is a signed and clear title of your vehicle donation.

The clear title should indicate that the vehicle belongs to you (the donor).


Q. Does my vehicle need to be in running condition?

Most vehicles are accepted regardless of whether the vehicle is running or not. To find out if we can accept your donation, please visit us, call 1.866.565.5912, or fill out our online car donation form. Remember, even old clunkers have value!


Q. Do you take any vehicle?

Yes! At Car Donation of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, we accept any type of vehicle donations, car, truck, trailer, RVs, boats, motorcycle, bus, or SUV.


Q. How quickly is my vehicle picked up?

We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. In some cases, if we receive your call early in the day, we can provide a same-day pick up of your vehicle donation. The same day you provide our friendly staff and towing individuals with your car information, we will contact you within 24 hours to establish a convenient time to pick up your vehicle donation.

Our average vehicle donation pickup is usually about 24 – 48 hours from your initial contact.

If you need this process to be expedited, we are able to accommodate you, simply explain your situation to our car donation representative. Call us today at 1.866.565.5912.


Q. How do I donate my vehicle?

Donating your vehicle is simple and fast. Choose from either option below to get started. Our friendly staff will walk you through the quick car donation process.

  1. Call us today at 1.866.565.5912 to make an appointment.
  2. Fill out our simple car donation form online
  3. Make a Cash Donation: If you are not ready to donate your vehicle, you may make a cash donation to support our work at this link:  http://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/donate-now