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Vehicle Donations

Instead of trading, consider donating. It might be of greater value to you when you consider the tax incentive. Donating a vehicle to Goodwill allows us to help people with disabilities or who have barriers to employment get career training and find jobs.

Goodwill accepts cars, trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles in good running condition. We also accept boats, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers and other automobile accessories. All vehicles must be in drivable condition and registered in the donor’s name.

How to Donate

  • Nashville area donors can drop off vehicles Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m – 4 p.m at 1000 Herman Street in Nashville.
  • Donors outside the Nashville area may donate at any Donation Express Center during operating hours.
  • No appointment is necessary.
  • Vehicles must be in running condition.

What to bring

  • Car title (all parties who are listed on the title must be present)
  • Valid photo identification
  • The vehicle’s mileage
  • Any maintenance records or documentation that will be helpful to determine the condition of the vehicle


The vehicle donation process takes about 15 minutes. You will sign the back of the title and complete an affidavit transferring ownership. You will also be asked to complete forms pertaining to the odometer reading as well as a donor statement of understanding regarding the tax deduction. You will receive a receipt at the time of donation, all other tax paperwork will be sent via mail.

Tax Deduction

Goodwill has two ways to process donated vehicles. Some vehicles are sold through and the proceeds benefit the mission of Goodwill. Other vehicles, deemed in excellent-to-good running condition, will be used in our Wheels-to-Work Program. Vehicles for the Wheels-to-Work Program will be transferred to a needy person for significantly below fair market value, in furtherance of Goodwill’s mission of addressing barriers to employment such as transportation.

If the vehicle is sold through, the donor will only be able to claim the gross proceeds we receive from the sale of the vehicle. However, if the vehicle is transferred to a needy individual through Goodwill’s Wheels to Work program, the donor may claim the Blue Book value for the donated vehicle.

Donors are notified by mail within 30 days after the sale of the vehicle the amount they are able to claim, if the vehicle is sold. All donors will receive a 1098-C tax form in the mail; this is the form that donors will need to retain for tax purposes.

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