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Why Choose Rawhide?

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Car and vehicle donors have been trusting Rawhide with their donations since 1983.

“I chose to donate my car to Rawhide because I feel strongly about the work they are doing with young men who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives.”
– R. Krause

“I have donated cars repeatedly to Rawhide and each time it was easy and, amazingly convenient.”
– Ben D.

“My husband and I live in Lacrosse, WI. We had a “well-used” car that we wanted to donate to Rawhide if they would come this far for it. Even during a holiday week, they were here within 3 days ! It was a very easy process.”
– Sue T.

7 Reasons Why People Donate to Rawhide:

  1. The process is Fast, Easy, and Free! We arrange vehicle pick-up and transport at no cost to you.
  2. On average, vehicle donors receive a 48% higher tax deduction than from other car donation charities.
  3. 83% of donation proceeds directly fund treatment programs for at risk youth and families.
    • No middle man. When you donate to Rawhide, we handle your donation directly. Some organizations use use third party resellers who receive some of the proceeds and only return a small portion to the mission.
  4. We accept all car donations whether it is running or not.
  5. We also accept boats, motorcycles, RVs, campers, motor homes, jet skis, and more. If in doubt, simple call us at 1-800-729-4433.
  6. You have the option of dropping off your car donation the same day at a local drop off center or you can wait for the transport vehicle.
  7. When you donate to Rawhide, you’re in good company with our major sponsors below:

Major Rawhide Sponsors

Rawhide was founded in 1965 by John and Jan Gillespie with the help of NFL Hall of Fame Legend Bart Starr and his wife Cherry. We have a unique, rich story that will inspire you. Read on to learn more about our history.

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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 amount Rawhide received when the vehicle was sold.

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 advisor 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.

Can you give me an estimate of what dollar amount the vehicle will be sold for?

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.

What must I do to my car in preparation for donating it?

We would ask you 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 can accept both running and non-running vehicles. We can pick up at your home or you can take to a local drop off location.

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.

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 do minor repairs on some donations.

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. Some collector vehicles are sold on our eBay store and can be purchased by 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 that we can safely load and transport the vehicle. If you have new tires on the vehicle that you wish to keep, we would ask that you have an alternate set of tires on the vehicle before pickup.

Still have a question about your car donation? Contact our Donor Services Team! Call: 1.800.729.4433 Email