Donate a Car 2 Charity: Bay Area


If you've got an old car and don't want to go through the hassle of trying to sell it on Craig's List or the newspaper, why not consider making a charitable contribution to a car donation charity that picks up in the SF Bay Area? Not only is donating a car to charity fast, free and convenient, it also entitles you to claim a tax deduction for your CA car donation.

Where to Donate Car in the S.F. Bay Area and Help a Charity Today!

Activated Ministries picks up vehicles, cars, trucks, boats, RVs, and other donations all around the San Francisco Bay Area, including the following locations:

  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Oakland
  • Fremont
  • Santa Rosa
  • Berkeley
  • Napa
  • Santa Cruz

Car donation - Any condition! We'll Pick It Up!

If your car is non-running or has body damage, you may wonder if anyone would even want it. After all, don't cars have to be running to donate them to charity? Not at all! We pick up cars in the Bay Area with body damage and whether they are running or not. We can even pick up cars without a title. See "Helpful Information" below for more information on vehicle donations with title issues. 

If I donate a car in the San Francisco Bay Area, is it tax deductible? 

Yes! Your car donation in the S.F. Bay Area is being donated to Donate a Car 2 Charity which benefits Activated Ministries, an IRS registered and approved 501(c)3 charitable organization. All vehicle donations made to our charity qualify you for the vehicle donation tax deduction. When you donate to Activated Ministries, you are enabling us to provide assistance to a wide range of programs from educational programs and scholarships to humantarian relief and overseas missions like Project Cartwheel in Gobabis, Eastern Namibia, Africa. For more information on this and our other projects, click here.

How much of a tax deduction can I claim?

The initial tax receipt you receive when you donate a car in California enables you to claim a deduction of up to $500. This means you get to estimate the value of the vehicle (up to $500) and can claim a deduction for that amount. At Donate a Car 2 Charity, CA, we do our best to maximize your deduction by getting the highest sale price possible for your donated vehicle, which enables you to claim the higher actual sale value.  If your car sells for more than $500, we send you another receipt that states the sale price. This is the value you can claim come tax time.

Helpful Information - Car Donation California

Missing a title? We can still pick up your vehicle if you provide us with a signed Application for Duplicate Title and Vehicle Vessel Transfer and Reassignment Form REG 26 Both of these documents can be obtained from the California DMV website or by visiting your local Department of Motor Vehicles listed below. 

San Francisco Department of Motor Vehicles
1377 Fell St 
San Francisco, CA 94117-2224
(800) 777-0133
‎(415) 557-1170‎

Please do not remove your license plates prior to the pickup. In California, the plates stay with the car and the previous owner simply files a Release of Liability for the vehicle. 

Other Perks for Bay Area Car Donors

We know that donating a car to charity is no small donation. To show you how much we appreciate your generosity, all car donors get a Free Vacation Voucher for a 3 day, 2 night hotel stay. Ask us for more details when you donate your car.

We strive to make it fast, easy and pain free to donate your car, boat or RV. We want to hear from you about your car donation experience in the S.F. Bay Area so we can continue to improve our services. Please email us at info@actmin.org and let us know how we did. 

For more on donating your car in San Francisco, CA visit our  California Car Donation Information page. Thank you for donating your car to charity. 

What are Car Donors in the Bay Area Giving To and Are The Car Donations Tax Deductible?  Yes! Car donations made to Activated Ministries Donate a Car 2 Charity Program are fully tax deductible. Activated Ministries is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization and supports a variety of missions, projects and programs both in the US and abroad. One such program is the In Recognition of Service Scholarship program which provides the children of long time missionaries and volunteers with college scholarships. As of March, 2013, Activated Ministries has awarded over 190 scholarships to qualifying individuals for a tonal of $185,000.  If you would like to learn more about the IROS scholarship program,  click here.

There sure is lots to see and do in the Bay Area! From enjoying a fun filled family day at Golden Gate Park to taking in the history and exploring the amazing Alcatraz Island, you're sure to have a good time in the Bay Area. You've also got the famous Fisherman's Wharf to enjoy and let's not forget Union Square for a whole day of non-stop fun! However, if you'd like to get out of town every once in a while and see the world beyond the Bay Area, why not take advantage of one of our Free Vacation Vouchers for a 3 day, 2 night hotel stay. Your free vacation voucher will be available for you to download once your vehicle has been picked up.