Auto Donation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Car Donations

 General Questions

  • What are the benefits of donating my car to Portage Animal Protective League?

We benefit by receiving a cash donations to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness through local events.

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 my car have to be running to donate it?

No. 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 877-537-5277 to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.

  •  Do you only accept cars for donation?

Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars, motor-homes, airplanes, time-shares, and even houses. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact the vehicle donation program toll free at 877-537-5277.

  • How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?

We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. In some cases, if we receive your call early in the day, a same-day pick can be available. A tow company will contact you within two to three business days. Call our representatives at 877-537-5277.

  •  Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?

No.  Special arrangements can be made by calling our representatives.

  • What paperwork do I need?

The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title.  Have your title with you when you call-in your donation. [Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien.

  • Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?

For states that require smog certificates of safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.

  •  What if I receive legal notices?

In the rare event that you receive any notification of a lien sale, DMV action, or other activity related to your donated vehicle, please contact us at 877-537-5277 immediately for assistance.