Frequently Asked Questions About PBA’s Vehicle Donation Program
You 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 PBA handle everything for me?
PBA is partnered with a company called CARS (Charitable Auto Resources, Inc) based in San Diego California. PBA and CARS have a contractual agreement to process all vehicle donations. CARS is owned and operated by a non-profit social service agency that works with many public broadcasting stations and other non profit organizations across the country in outsourcing their vehicle donation program. PBA screened CARS thoroughly for customer service policies and references and selected them among many organizations. They have been chosen because of their expertise, and all calls and issues will ultimately be referred to CARS.
Do you only accept cars for donation?
Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact the PBA vehicle donation program toll free at 1-866—901-WABE (1-866—901-9223)
What does PBA do with donated vehicles?
The vehicles are sold at a private auction. The funds from vehicle donations are used by PBA to support and produce quality educational and entertainment programs as well as to support our outreach efforts in our community.
Does my car have to be running to qualify for donation?
No, the car must have an engine, tires, and be tow—able. Cars that are in extremely poor condition or far from our tow range may have to be declined, as the cost to tow them may be more than the value of the vehicle. Call our customer service representative to find out if your vehicle qualifies.
What if I lost the title?
You will need to get a duplicate title and call us when you have received it. We can not pick up your vehicle if you do not have the title. Visit www.dmvs.ga.gov/motor/titles/needed/mutilated.asp or call (404) 675-6135 for information on how to obtain a duplicate title in Georgia, or contact your state registry of motor vehicles department. Unfortunately neither the station nor CARS can help you in this process.
Do I get a receipt for my donation?
Yes, our driver will issue a tow receipt at the time of pick—up. This is not your final tax receipt. The tow receipt will indicate your name, the year, make, model and the condition of the vehicle you are donating.
A tax receipt with our Federal ID number will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle. This will be your receipt for your charitable contribution.
What can I claim as a deduction?
Donors can claim the amount for which the vehicle sold as a deduction on their itemized tax return. You will be sent a tax receipt with this amount when the vehicle sells. If the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale.
How long will it take to pick—up my vehicle?
We try to make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. In some states, vehicles can be picked up the same day. Call our representatives at 866—901-WABE (866—901-9223), or e—mail email@example.com to set an appointment.