car donation
Don't trade it or trash it – donate it!

Donate Your Car to JFS

Getting rid of an old car?
Buying a new car?

Donate your car, truck, boat, motorcycle, or motor home to Jewish Family Service and help support vital programs and services for families, children, and older adults in need throughout San Diego.

How It Works

Fill out our online form or call one of our friendly operators seven days a week toll free at (877) JFS-4CAR (537-4227).

We'll Take Care of the Rest!

  • We'll pick up your car when it's most convenient for you from your home, business, or repair shop. Almost all cars are accepted—even if your car has engine trouble and/or can’t pass a smog test. Free next day pick-up!
  • We'll issue you a tax receipt for your records. Your donation may be tax-deductible (see FAQ below).
  • We'll take care of all the additional paperwork.

Why Donate?

  • Avoid the hassles of selling a car
  • No need to pay hefty repair bills
  • Free up space in your garage
  • 100% tax deductible

You make the call, we pick it up!
(877) JFS-4-CAR (537- 4227)

Jewish Family Service of San Diego is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Jewish Family Service are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. JFS's tax identification number is 95-1644024.

Frequently Asked Questions
Does my car have to be running to qualify for donation?
What if my car can't pass a smog test?
What paperwork do I need?
What if I lost the title (pink slip)?
Do I get a receipt for my donation? 
What can I claim as a deduction?
What if my car is valued over $5000?
What does our organization do with donated vehicles?
How quickly can my vehicle be picked up?

Does my car have to be running to qualify for donation? 
Your car does not need to run, but it must have an engine and be towable. Cars that are in extremely poor condition or out of our tow range may be declined, as the cost to tow them may be more than the value of the vehicle. Call our representative to find out if your vehicle qualifies.

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What if my car can't pass a smog test?
We accept vehicles without a smog certificate or current registration.

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What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed title (pink slip). Our driver will provide you with a Release of Liability which must be completed by the donor and mailed to the DMV within 5 business days of donation.

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What if I lost the title (pink slip)?
Our driver will give you an Application for Duplicate Title form to complete at the time of pick up.

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Do I get a receipt for my donation?
Yes. Our driver will issue a receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not your final tax receipt. The initial acknowledgement will indicate your name, the year, make and model and the condition of the vehicle you are donating.

A final acknowledgement will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle. This will be your receipt for your charitable, tax deductible car donation.

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What can I claim as a deduction?
If the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale.

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What if my car is valued over $5000?
Effective January 1, 2005, you will no longer be required to have vehicles appraised. The amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle is the value you are allowed to claim.

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What does our organization do with donated vehicles?
Vehicles are sold at private auction. The funds from vehicle donations are used to support the programs and services of Jewish Family Service. Your donation will go directly to help fund vital programming for those most in need in our community.

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How quickly can my vehicle be picked up?
Vehicles are picked up at a time that is convenient for you. Call our representative to find out the available times in your neighborhood. Free next day pick-up is available.

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CONTACT
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(877) JFS-4-CAR
or
(877) 537-4227
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Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123

All communication is strictly confidential.
 

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