Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I donate my vehicle to Volunteers of America Oregon?
A: There are many reasons, including:
- You may receive greater value for your vehicle as a charitable contribution on your itemized tax return.
- You'll be spared the ordeal of trying to sell your vehicle..
- The funds from the sale of your vehicle stay right here in Oregon to help neighbors in need through VOA Oregon 's 24 programs and services.
Q: What percentage of the proceeds from the sale of my vehicle will go to VOA?
A: 98 percent.
Q: How will my vehicle be used?
A: Your vehicle will be inspected to determine its best possible use, and whether its maximum value will be gained through our wholesale, retail, or recycling channels.The money earned goes towards our programs that address domestic abuse, addiction, post-incarceration community re-entry, child abuse prevention, elder care, and other programs to lift up the most vulnerable in our community.
Q: Does my car have to be running to donate it?
A: We accept running and non-running vehicles that can be started with a jump start. (Some restrictions may apply to oversized vehicles and tow range.)
Q: What types of vehicles are accepted?
A: All kinds! Cars, trucks, boats, motor homes, travel trailers, motorcycles, and aircraft, to name a few. We have even received and sold a fire engine!
Q: Will you come pick up my vehicle? What is your tow range?
A: We pick up donations from Portland to Eugene and the surrounding metro areas. There is never a towing charge to the donor.
Q: What if I have an out-of-state title?
A: As long as the vehicle is located in our area, we can process a donation with an out-of-state title and we can accept vehicles from almost any state.
Q: I've heard that some for-profit companies are disguising themselves behind non-profit-sounding names. How can I be sure that I'm donating my car to a legitimate charity?
A: Volunteers of America Oregon is one of the oldest non-profits in the state, helping those who need us most since 1896. We operate our own Vehicle Donations program. Find out more about us at Guidestar, which gives VOA Oregon its Guidestar Exchange Seal for our commitment to transparency.