Car Donations

Donate your car and show your support of WUFT!

Donate your car to WUFTInterested in donating your vehicle to an organization you believe in? It’s easy to make a contribution that supports WUFT, north central Florida’s Public Broadcaster!

Here’s how it works:

  • Just call Toll-Free 1 (888) WUFT-CAR (888-983-8227) to speak to a WUFT Vehicle Donation representative or fill out the secure Car Donation form.
  • We will schedule a pickup that’s convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation.
  • WUFT will mail you a confirmation that your vehicle has been sold. If it sells for more than $500 and you gave our representative your Social Security number, you will also be sent an IRS 1098 C form for your taxes.
  • According to the new tax laws in effect in 2005, this is all you need to claim a charitable contribution to WUFT. If you are claiming less than $500 for your vehicle donation, no 1098 C form is required by the IRS. In that case, your thank you letter or donation receipt is all that you will need. It up to the donor’s discretion to value the donation up-to $500 or the fair market value of the vehicle.
  • Finally, as our way of saying thank you, we will provide new members with a one-year membership to WUFT. If you are already a member, you will receive a special thank-you gift!
  • To Donate your vehicle fill out the Car Donation form

Frequently Asked Questions about the Vehicle Donation Program

Q: What does WUFT do with the vehicles?
A: The vehicles are sold at auction. The proceeds are used to help support WUFT. Funds from vehicle donations help WUFT acquire and produce quality educational and entertainment programs on radio and television, and support our outreach efforts in the community.

Q: Is my contribution still deductible under the new tax laws?
A: Yes, under the new tax law effective in 2005, people who donate vehicles to charities can claim the actual amount for which the vehicle sells at auction on their itemized tax return if it is over $500. Previously, donors could claim the fair market value of the donated vehicle, regardless of how much money the vehicle sold for.

Q: Do I get a receipt for my donation which shows how much money my car raised for WUFT?
A: Yes, you will be mailed a receipt that shows the amount your donated vehicle brought in at auction if it sells for more than $500 and if you have provided your tax identification number so that you can be issued the IRS 1098 C form. You should expect to have your receipt of sale about eight weeks after you donate your vehicle. In addition, should you have any questions before you receive a thank you letter, when your vehicle is picked up by the WUFT vehicle donation representative you will be given a confirmation that shows the date of donation, the details of your vehicle, and WUFT contact information.

Q: Can I value my vehicle before I donate it to WUFT?
A: Many factors can contribute to the final selling price of any vehicle, including the make, model and year of your car, along with any mechanical or physical damage to the vehicle that could affect its value. WUFT recommends Kelly Blue Book at www.kbb.com or NADA www.nadaguides.com as resources that may help you to estimate the value of your vehicle. WUFT’s vehicle donation representatives cannot guarantee the final selling price, which is your charitable contribution to WUFT.

Q: Does my car have to be running to qualify for donation?
A: No, the car must have an engine and be towable. Cars that are in poor condition may be declined, as the cost to tow them may be more than the value of the vehicle.

Q: Are all cars donated to WUFT sold at auction?
A: No. Occasionally, vehicles that are donated to WUFT do not sell at auction. In those cases, vehicles are sold for scrap and you will receive a receipt for what the current market rate is for scrap metal or parts.

Q: What paperwork do I need?
A: You need only the signed title or “pink slip.”

Q: What if I lost the title (pink slip)?
A: As long as you are the legal titleholder, obtain a duplicate title or provide two (2) signed power of attorney’s for the vendor.

Q: What paperwork will I need for the FLHSMV?
A: The license plates stay with the vehicle owner to transfer to your new vehicle or turnover to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).

Q: How quickly can my vehicle be picked up?
A: Vehicles are picked up at a time that is convenient for you. Appointments frequently can be made the same day you call, with some Saturday appointments available. Call our representative to find out what times are available in your neighborhood.

Q: I donated my car several weeks ago but have not received my complimentary membership. When should I expect to receive it?
A: Often it takes four weeks from the moment your vehicle is picked up to the time WUFT receives notification of your donation. Then, it can take another two to four weeks to complete your membership and send it to you. You should receive your new member welcome kit approximately six to eight weeks from the date you donate your vehicle to WUFT. If you are currently a member, you should have received your thank-you gift at the time of your pickup.

 

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