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Car Donation FAQs

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What are you donating

Below are car donation FAQs to consult if you need clarification before or after donating. For additional vehicle and car donation FAQs, contact a Rawhide representative at 1-800-729-4433.

We accept all cars, running or not. We encourage you to inquire about boats, RVs, motorcycles, ATVs, campers, jet skis, heavy equipment, etc.

Rawhide offers over 300 convenient locations throughout Wisconsin to drop off your vehicle. Find the closest location by completing the online car donation form or by entering your zip code here.

Answers to vehicle and car donation FAQs

What can I donate?

We accept car donations, boats, trailers, RVs, motorcycles, jet skis, snowmobiles and buses. Have an item that is not on the list? Give us a call at 1-800-RAWHIDE or email us. There are some things that we cannot accept:

  • Appliances
  • Computer Equipment
  • Timeshares

Will I receive a receipt telling me how much you sold my car for?

We will send an initial receipt when you complete your paperwork. If you plan to claim over $500, we will need your social security number before sending an additional receipt with the sale amount Rawhide received.

What date will be on my receipt?

The date for your tax deductible receipt will be the date you signed over your title to Rawhide or the date you submitted your donation to Rawhide.

How much will I receive as a tax deduction for my car donation?*

The IRS allows you to claim a tax deduction of:

a) The value of your vehicle up to $500. It is up to the donor to determine the fair market value.

b) The amount we sell your vehicle for- if it more than $500.

*The deduction is of the sale value only if the donor itemizes their deductions.

Rawhide Inc., is a classified 501(c)(3) charity organization. You can check with your tax adviser or accountant to determine how a tax benefit would affect your tax situation.

Do I need to submit a Form 1098-C?

The IRS requires you to provide specific information regarding your car donation, boat donation, or airplane donation. Although you are not required to complete a 1098-c, it does provide the format of the information that is required. If you plan on claiming more than $500 we will provide you a copy of the 1098-c.

Do you give estimates on the sales amount for donations?

Rawhide can provide a range of what similar vehicles have sold for at auction as a comparison, although, this is not a guarantee of the amount we will be able to sell your donation for, based on year, make, model, condition, mileage and current market conditions.

Do the boys fix the car donations?

All donations are evaluated and inspected, although not all donations are repaired. The students at Rawhide have an opportunity to be involved in a work experience including helping evaluate, detail, and completing minor repairs on select donations.

What must I do to my car in preparation of donating?

Please clean out personal items from the vehicle and remove the license plates before we pick up the vehicle.

My car isn’t running. Will you still accept my donation?

Yes, we accept both running and non-running vehicles. If it rolls, we want it.

How long will it take to sell my vehicle?

Typically, we will process and sell your vehicle within approximately three months. Although, due to market conditions this process may take longer.

Can you pick the car up at my home?

Yes, we have the availability to pick up vehicle donations from your home or individual location. Please call with the details of your situation.

How quickly can you pick up my car?

Our goal is to pick up vehicles within one to two business days from the time you provide the vehicle identification number (VIN).

Do I need the title to donate my car?

Rawhide can only accept a vehicle with a title from the last registered owner of the vehicle. If you are not the last registered owner and would like to donate the vehicle, you will need to register as the new owner with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have lost your title, you may obtain a duplicate from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Where is the nearest location where I can drop off my car?

Rawhide offers over 300 convenient locations throughout Wisconsin to drop off your vehicle. You may obtain the closest location by completing the online car donation form or calling 1-800-RAWHIDE (1-800-729-4433).

Does Rawhide sell cars?

Donated vehicles are sold to licensed auto dealers at wholesale dealer-only auctions. Select collector vehicles are sold on our eBay store and available to the general public.

The tires on my vehicle are new, can I keep them?

Your donated vehicle must have tires and wheels that roll to ensure we can safely load and transport the vehicle. If you have new tires on the vehicle that you wish to keep, place an alternate set of tires on the vehicle before pickup.