Vehicle Donations
Donate a vehicle to help those in need.

Vehicle Donations

An old car can help those in your community.

Thank you for thinking of The ARK! We use the proceeds from the sale of these vehicles to support our programs (food, medical care, shelter, etc.) for low-income clients.

The vehicle donation process is simple. We accept donated vehicles in any condition, and work with a dealership that will make an appointment with you to pick up the vehicle at a convenient time, and then they will sell it for The ARK. We will provide you with a receipt and all the necessary documents for a tax deduction. There’s no cost to the donor, and vehicles can usually be picked up within 48 hours.

To get started, fill out the online form. If you prefer to donate by phone or have questions not answered here, call 773-681-8978 or send an email to

Frequently Asked Questions

What vehicles do you accept?
We accept cars, trucks, and motorcycles. On rare occasions, we may be able to accept an RV or boat; please call us for details. 

Does my car have to be in good condition?
No, we accept vehicles in any condition, running or not. 

Do I have to bring the car to The ARK?
No, we will arrange to have it picked up. We will call you to schedule a convenient time.

How long does it take to have my vehicle picked up?
In most cases, vehicles can be picked up within 3 days.

What if I don’t have the title?
If you don’t have the title, enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the online form. The VIN can be found on your Registration and insurance cards. When the car is picked up, the tow truck driver will bring a document for you to sign, giving us permission to get a duplicate title. If you’re arranging the donation by phone, please mention it when you call.  

What do I need to give you?

Give the title and the keys to the tow truck driver when the vehicle is picked up. Don’t write anything on the title; the driver will show you where to sign it. 

How does the title get transferred out of my name?
We will register the transfer of ownership with the Secretary of State’s office after the vehicle is sold. 

What if the vehicle is part of an estate?
In most cases, if you are the executor, you can sign the title. In some cases, a copy of a death certificate may be required. Please contact your attorney or the administrator of the estate. 

Will I get a receipt?
Yes. When the vehicle is picked up, you will get a receipt showing that you have donated your car to The ARK. After the vehicle is sold, we will notify you of the specific amount that you may claim as a tax deduction.

How much is my vehicle worth? Should I look at the Blue Book?
We sell vehicles at market price. The Blue Book may indicate an average, but we can’t guarantee a particular value for any vehicle. 

How will I know the value of my donation, for my tax deduction?
By law, the value of your deduction is equal to the amount that the vehicle sells for. We will notify you within 30 days after the sale, and send you the necessary documents. 

  • If the amount is $500 or more, we will ask you for your Social Security Number, per IRS requirements for claiming more than $500.
  •  If the sale price is less than $500, you are responsible for determining the value of the vehicle, as you would if you had donated food, clothing, furniture, etc.; your SSN is not required.

What if the vehicle isn’t at my home?
If the vehicle is at a mechanic, business, or other address, fill out the location section on the form.

Does the vehicle have to be in the Chicago area?
We pick up vehicles from throughout northeastern Illinois. 

Do I need to be there when the vehicle is picked up?
Not necessarily. You may arrange another way to get the keys and title to us. Please check the “contact me” box on the online form, and enter a brief description.

What happens to the license plates and city sticker?
Please remove the sticker if you wish to keep it. If you want to keep the license plates, you may remove them or ask the tow truck driver to remove them for you. If you don’t want them, they will be destroyed.

What does The ARK do with the funds from the sale of my vehicle?
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle provide food, medicine, rent assistance, and more for your Chicagoland Jewish neighbors in need.

How do I start the process? 

Fill out the online form or call 773-681-8978. We will contact you to schedule the pickup.