What do you do with a car that doesn’t run? Pay to have it towed to a junkyard? Try to sell it to someone who’s looking for a “project” car? There’s a better solution: You can donate it to charity 

Donating a car that doesn’t run to charity can make a positive impact in the lives of others. At Rawhide, most of our vehicles go to auction or some we even refurbish and sell. We use the funds to support our programs and services for at-risk teens. Our goal is to help young people overcome challenges, and to equip them with the life skills they need to live happy, fulfilling lives.

Read on to learn about the benefits of donating your vehicle to charity. And when you’re ready, you can start the donation process online!


Why Donate A Vehicle That Doesn’t Work?

If your car doesn’t run, it probably doesn’t have much value to you, but it does to Rawhide’s youth. To you it may just be a hunk of metal and plastica broken machinethat is taking up space in your garage. But to an at-risk youth struggling with suicide ideation, depression or anxiety, it’s a second chance at life. 

Rawhide will accept your car that doesn’t run, and through our incredible, life-changing programs and services, we will turn it into an education, therapy sessions, a safe living environment and more!

So donate your car that doesn’t run to Rawhide today, and tell your loved ones to do the same. Your generous donations will transform lives and help teens become successful adults in their communities.

Your donation supports a cause

Donating a car that doesn’t run will provide the necessary funds to benefit Rawhide’s at-risk youth as well as improve your community down the road. About 35% of Rawhide funds come from these generous vehicle donations each year. Plus, you will get the benefit of removing a car that doesn’t work from your property! 

Your vehicle donation makes a positive impact on the community, with 100% of donations staying in Wisconsin.


Most charities will retrieve your non-working vehicle

When you donate your car, Rawhide offers an easy, convenient donation process that includes free pickup or drop-off at a location near you. The donated vehicles are inspected and repaired by qualified automotive technicians. The vehicles are then sold at dealer auto auction facilities or on our eBay site. 

The funds raised from sold vehicles keep Rawhide’s programs and services running. Because of Rawhide’s thorough inspection and repair process, buyers get higher-quality vehicles at a better price than they would buying from anywhere else.


You get a tax break

Donating your car to charity can result in significant tax savings from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you include it in your charitable contribution deduction. The maximum deduction you can claim is the price the charity sold the car for, even if you determine the car’s fair market value was higher. (You can gauge market value  from a reputable used-car price guide, such as Kelley Blue Book). The charity will provide documentation of your donation, so you can claim the deduction on your taxes. If your car donation deduction is more than $500, you will need to fill out Form 8283.


What Type of Vehicle Can I Donate? 

Rawhide always accepts cars, trucks and vans with four tires and a clear title. However, other types of vehicles may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending on where you live and the vehicle’s condition.

The following vehicles Rawhide accepts must be within the state of Wisconsin:

  • Boats with road-worthy trailers
  • Jet skis
  • Motorcycles
  • Mopeds/scooters
  • Snowmobiles
  • ATVs
  • Garden/lawn tractors
  • Go-karts
  • Campers
  • RVs (must be drivable to New London)
  • Dune buggies
  • Heavy equipment
  • Tractor-trailers
  • Fire trucks
  • Semis


Rawhide is the only car donation program in Wisconsin that evaluates and inspects vehicles before they are re-sold.


How To Donate a Car That Doesn’t Run

If you have a vehicle that doesn’t run and is collecting dust in your garage or driveway, it may be time to finally part ways. Donating a vehicle that doesn’t run is easy — especially with Rawhide’s hassle-free, convenient process! Just follow these steps to donate your used vehicle today:

  1. Tell us about your vehicle. Fill out the brief used vehicle donation form or call us at 1-800-RAWHIDE to share all your vehicle information. Our Vehicle Program representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday to assist you with the process or answer any questions you may have about your vehicle donation.
  2. Plan your pickup or drop-off. One of our Vehicle Program representatives will contact you to schedule a pickup time with one of our partnered haulers. Or you can drop off your used vehicle at one of our 200 Donor Service Center (DSC) locations near you. Rawhide is a proud partner of Wisconsin’s Auto & Truck Dealers Association (WATDA).
  3. Get your tax receipt. We’ll send you a receipt after your vehicle arrives to show proof of your donation, which you can then include with your annual taxes for a possible tax deduction.
  4. Enjoy the good feeling of making a positive impact! Your donation will help Wisconsin’s troubled youth learn new skills and find new meaning in life.


Why Donating a Vehicle to Rawhide Matters

Your car donation helps transform young lives. 

At Rawhide, we help hurting and troubled youth get a second chance at life. Donating your car that doesn’t run provides the funds for us to support our programs and services, ensuring we can provide our youth with the best possible carealways.

Many of the youth who come to Rawhide are in real danger — from themselves, others around them, or because of their living situations. Your support does more than help them find peace or stability. Your donation saves lives.

Are You Ready to Make a Difference? 

You may think that your car that doesn’t run has little to no value. But for at-risk youth, that non-working vehicle offers a second chance at life. 

You can make a big impact in the lives of Wisconsin’s at-risk youth by donating your car that doesn’t run to Rawhide today. Your donation will help fund the programs and services that help at-risk teens learn new skills, find purpose, and grow into happy and successful adults.

If you have any additional questions about donating your car that doesn’t run, visit our FAQ page for more details!