Vehicle Donations

Car or Vehicle Donations

Vehicle donations

Are you thinking about selling your car, boat, motorcycle, truck, or other vehicle? Donate it to KBACH instead!

Or call 1-855-825-2224

How does my vehicle donation help the station?

When you donate your vehicle to KBACH, it’s sold at a private auction and the sale proceeds are sent on to the station. These funds directly support the classical music you hear on KBACH.

What are the benefits for me?

You become a member of KBACH and will receive membership benefits like:

Loyalty Card
Loyalty Card discounts at Valley businesses

Movie Club
Movie Club offers to attend movie debuts & film screenings

Ticket giveaways
Public Radio Weekly e-newsletter with exclusive ticket giveaways

How do I go about donating my car or vehicle?

Simply call (855) 825-2224 or fill out this form. We’ll take care of everything for you. It really is that simple!

You can donate nearly any car or vehicle you own to the station as long as the car or vehicle has an engine and is towable and you have a signed, clear title in your name with no liens on it.

If you have lost your title, just visit a State of Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office, complete a title application, and check the “Title Only” and “Duplicate” boxes on the top of the form. Be prepared to show a photo ID, such as your driver’s license or state ID card. The MVD will issue you a duplicate title for $4. Unfortunately, KBACH cannot help you with this process.

You do not have to be present at the time of pickup as special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.

Classic Bentley car donated to KBACH

Jackie in Fountain Hills has been a KBACH member since 1994, and she donated her family’s classic Bentley to her one source for classical music. Here’s what she said: “The reason we chose to donate the Bentley to KBACH is that we are classical music lovers, and we know the station can use the funds from selling this classic car. We are in our 80s and my husband doesn’t drive anymore. The car was his baby, and I never learned to drive it because it is a right-hand drive.”

What are the advantages of donating my car or vehicle?

You will avoid the stressful process of selling your car or vehicle. That means:

  • no advertising
  • no getting your car or vehicle appraised
  • no communicating with potential buyers
  • no paying for registration, inspection, insurance, or repairs
  • no dealing with taxes after the sale is closed

You won’t even have to pay for the tow truck when KBACH picks up your donation!

If your donation sells for less than $500, you can write off $500, regardless of what your car or vehicle sold for, on your tax return. For example, if your donation sells for $350, you can write off $500. The receipt provided to you at the time of pickup will serve as your tax receipt.

If your donation sells for more than $500, you can write off the gross proceeds raised from its sale. You won’t have the burden of determining the value of your vehicle yourself because we’ll mail you an IRS Form 1098-C, “Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes,” within one month of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received for your donation, provided it sold for more than $500.

Donations committed by midnight on December 31st are considered donations for that tax year, even if the car or vehicle is picked up and sold after January 1st.



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