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Donate a Car in California 

Donate A Car 2 Charity is a local California-based vehicle donation service. We provide fast, free pickup of your car donation anywhere throughout the State of California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Sacramento, regardless of the condition, or registration status. When you are ready to donate you car, boat or RV in California, start by calling our toll free number -- 1-877-505-5775 or submit the online donation form.   Once you submit your information, including your email address, you will receive instant confirmation of your California car donation. You will also receive an initial tax receipt entitling you a tax deduction of up to $500 and providing you with further instructions on how to claim your car donation tax donation.  If your vehicle sells for more than $500, you will receive additional paperwork listing the amount you are entitled to claim as a tax deduction. In some cases, vehicles may qualify for a fair market value tax deduction. For more information on the fair market value deduction for vehicle donations, please call us and we can provide you with additional information on what is required to claim this deduction.


Can I Donate My Vehicle in Any Condition? -- What if I am missing a Title?

Yes!  As long as your car has wheels, we can pick up your car in [almost] any condition. We can pick up non-running vehicles, vehicles which are having difficulty passing smog and even vehicles with lost titles. 

Is my car donation tax deductible?

Again, the answer is Yes! All vehicles donated at benefit Activated Ministries, a California non-profit Christian Ministry classified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. As such all charitable donations, including donations of cars and other vehicles are tax deductible.  When you donate a vehicle through Donate a Car 2 Charity, you are donating directly to a non-profit which ensures that all proceeds from the resale of your vehicle go directly to charity and not to a middlemen or for-profit car donation services.


Donate Car in CA 

We accept and pick up car donations all throughout the state of California, including the following locations:*


Los Angeles


San Diego


Orange County


San Jose


San Francisco

San Bernardino


Huntington Beach

Long Beach





Moreno Valley

Santa Ana



Rancho Cucamonga


Santa Clarita


Santa Barbara



Chula Vista

Palm Springs

Bay Area








Elk Grove




* We pick up vehicles in all cities and areas of California, even those not on this list. 

What paperwork do I need to donate my vehicle in California?

If you have misplaced your vehicle title, we can still pick up your car.  Please make sure to let us know when you schedule your vehicle pickup and the tow driver will bring the necessary documents for your signature (Reg 227 and Reg 262) so we can apply for the duplicate title.

Per California regulations, the license plates stay with the vehicle. So please leave your plates on the car at the time of donation. 

For additional or updated information,  please visit the California DMV web site at before the pickup takes place. 

California Title Sample

What type of release the liability is required for vehicles donated in California?

In most cases, the release of liability form is attached to the bottom of your title, however, you can also download the California release of liability form here. You can also complete and submit the release of liability online. If you have additional questions about your liability when you donate cars in CA, please contact your local  Department of Motor Vehicles or visit the California DMV web site: California Motor Vehicle Department which should have the most recent updated information on the topic.

Where do I sign the title for a vehicle donated in California? 

If you own your vehicle, sign on line one (1) of the title to release ownership of vehicle. If your car is, or was financed, the lienholder’s name will appear as the legal owner  and their release, with counter signature, will be required on line two. For additional information visit Title Processing Information California.

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