Donate Your Vehicle

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Help keep our Bay and rivers clean by donating your car, truck, or boat.

Thanks to CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services), you can donate your vehicle to CBF and support our restoration, education, and advocacy work to save the Bay and our local rivers and streams.

We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV's, motorcycles, off road vehicles, heavy equipment, and other motorized vehicles. We can take your vehicle running or not. However, it must be in one piece, have an engine, and be towable.

Simply fill out the form below and a CARS representative will be in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of donating my vehicle to a nonprofit?

  • You may reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. (Check with your tax advisor.)
  • You can avoid the costs associated with selling your car such as advertising..
  • There is no loss of privacy or possible security risk.
  • You will no longer need to pay for insurance or car repairs to keep your car in running condition while you wait for a buyer, and in some circumstances vehicle registration isn't required.

How quickly can I get my vehicle picked up?

You will be contacted within 24 hours to start the donation process. Once the donation record has been created and completed, CARS will reach out to you within 2 to 3 business days to schedule your pick-up. If you need your vehicle picked up sooner, please call CARS toll-free at 855-500-RIDE (7433) as they may be able to make arrangements.

Do I need the title to donate my vehicle?

Yes, you will need the title to the vehicle. If you do not have it, it is possible that other arrangements can be made. Call CARS toll-free at 855-500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week for more information.

What do you do with donated vehicles?

Donated vehicles are taken to one of the sale locations CARS has throughout the country. From there, they evaluate each vehicle and make major and/or minor mechanical repairs when it is cost effective. In most circumstances, CARS uses auction houses to sell the donated vehicles. For unique or specialty items that have been donated, they may use other means to sell the vehicle to help ensure the maximum amount of money is received for each donation.

See the CARS website for additional details, including DMV and tax questions.


Support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or advocating for a clean Bay, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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