JPR Vehicle Donation Program FAQs

Q) How can I donate my vehicle?
A) Click HERE to fill out the donation form or call 844-577-2886.

Q) What are the benefits of donating my car to JPR?
A) Once your car is sold, JPR receives a cash donation to help fund new and existing programs. You'll receive a year of member benefits, including a subscription to our bi-monthly magazine, The Jefferson JournalPlus, your donation is tax deductible! You'll also avoid the costs associated with selling your car privately. There’s no need to pay for advertising, no online 'tire kickers,' no loss of privacy, no 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.

Q) Do you accept every vehicle?
In most cases we are able to accept your vehicle. However, if IAA determines the vehicle will not bring a positive return to JPR we will not be able to accept the vehicle. For example, a very old car in a rural area that is not running would cost more to pick-up than it would sell for at auction. 

Q) Do you only accept cars for donations?
A) We accept many types of motor vehicles including boats, motorcycles, trucks, RVs, and cars. Almost anything with wheels or an engine!

Q) What does JPR do with donated vehicles?
A) The vehicles are sold at private auction. The proceeds are used by JPR to support and produce quality information and cultural programs.

Q) Does my car have to be running to qualify for donation?
A) In most cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be towable.

Q) What paperwork do I need?
 A) The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. Please have your title with you when you call in your donation. A clear title indicates that the title is in the name of the donor and has no liens on it.

Q) Do I pay for the towing?
A) No, there is no charge to you for the towing.

Q) What if I lost the title?
A) Just visit a State of Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, complete a title application. For the California application only check the "Duplicate Title" box on the top of the form. Be prepared to show a photo ID, such as your driver's license or state ID card. The DMV will issue you a duplicate title. Unfortunately JPR cannot help you with this process.

Q) Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
A) Yes, our driver will issue a receipt at the time of pickup. This will not be your final tax receipt unless the sale price of your vehicle is under $500. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model, and condition of the car you are donating. If your vehicle sells for more than $500, read on...

Q) What can I claim as a deduction?
A) According to tax laws, if the sale price of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale. An IRS Form 1098-C will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle but only if it sells for more than $500. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution. If your vehicle sells for less than $500 you can claim the fair market value up to $500 without any additional paperwork besides the receipt we provided at the time of the pickup. For more information, you can check out A Donors Guide to Vehicle Donations.

Q) How is the vehicle's value determined?
A) The value is determined by the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the donated vehicle. You no longer have the burden of determining the value yourself.

Q) When is the deadline to donate a vehicle to JPR and qualify for a tax deduction in the current tax year?
A) Vehicles donated by midnight of December 31st are considered donations for the current tax year, even if the vehicle is picked up and sold after January 1st.

Q) Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pickup?
A) No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.

Donate Your Vehicle Today! Go to jprauto.org or  call 844-577-2886.