Everything you need to know about your car donation.
What types of vehicle can I donate?
You can donate cars and light vans through Charity Car.
We don't usually accept motorbikes or caravans, but if you do have a different type of vehicle to donate, please get in touch.
What will happen to my car?
We'll decide on the best route for your old car, so that your chosen charity gets the maximum donation possible. If your car has reached the end of the road it will be recycled at one of our branches, which are all car recycling centres. Or if there's enough life left in your old car, we'll raise the maximum value through auction.
What happens when you recycle my car?
If your old car has reached the end of the road and is ready to be scrapped, it will be recycled by one of CarTakeBack's scrap car recycling centres holding an Authorised Treatment Facility permit.
It's vital to complete the necessary paperwork so that you don't get hit with a fine by DVLA. We'll do this by issuing you with an official DVLA Certificate of Destruction in exchange for the car's registration certificate.
To prevent any harm to the environment, your car will undergo a depollution process to remove any toxic substances. Any reusable parts will be recovered where possible, and the remaining materials will be recycled in order to hit the government's 95% recycling target.
And here's the best part - unlike other car donation schemes, we'll give 100% of the market value of your scrap car to your chosen charity.
What happens when you auction my car?
If there's enough life left in your old used car, then auction may be the best way to get the maximum donation for your chosen charity.
It helps us to achieve a higher donation if you hand over any documents such as the registration certificate (V5C), service history and handbook, as well as any security codes and spare keys.
We'll take care of the valeting, valuation, sales particulars, storage and viewings by prospective buyers throughout the sales process. We'll also help you to complete the relevant section of your registration certificate (V5C) so that you're in the clear with DVLA.
To cover the costs, we simply take a low fixed fee from the final hammer price. There's nothing for you to pay and the charity gets the maximum value possible. Once we've transferred the payment to your chosen charity you'll get a written confirmation.
Which charities can I donate my car to?
All Charity Car's Official Partners are registered charities. You can view our full list of charities here.
If you'd like to donate your scrap or used car to a registered charity that's not on our list, it's no problem. You'll be able to tell us the charity you wish to donate to when you submit your car.
How can I check that a charity is registered?
Here's how you can check that a charity is registered or find a charity's registration number:
For charities based in England and Wales, search on the Charity Commission website.
For charities based in Scotland, search the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator website.
For charities based in Northern Ireland, search on the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland website.
How much of the value of my car will the charity get?
If we recycle your car, 100% of the market value of your scrap car will be donated to your chosen charity.
If your car is auctioned, a low fixed auction fee is taken from the value of your used car. This covers the valeting, valuation, sales particulars, storage, viewings by prospective buyers throughout the sales process, paperwork and transfer of payment to your chosen charity.
How much is the standard auction fee?
Please get in touch to find out our current auction fee.
Can I split my donation between more than one charity?
You can only donate the value of your old car to one charity at a time.
Can I donate part of the value of my car to charity and keep the rest?
No, when you donate your car the full value goes to the charity you choose.
Will it cost me anything to donate the value of my car?
No, donating your car is completely free of charge. It won't cost you a penny!
Does the remaining fuel have any value?
No, unfortunately we can't pay you for any fuel left in your car. The cost of safely removing the fuel outweighs any value left in the fuel.
We don’t advise that you try to recover the fuel yourself – this is best left to the experts.
How do you work out the value of my car?
Firstly we'll decide on the best route for your old car, depending on your car's age and condition to get the maximum donation for your charity.
We'll use your registration to find out the type of car you have, together with your postcode to find its location, so that we can find the highest price for your car.
If your car has reached the end of the road it will be recycled at one of our recycling centres.
Or if there's enough life left in your car, we'll raise the maximum value through auction.
If you'd like to know more and find out how much we think your car will be worth, please get in touch and we'll be happy to let you know the likely donation your charity will receive.
How can I find out the value of my car?
To generate the highest possible donation for charity we assess every car on a case by case basis. Depending on what type of car you have, it's age and condition, your car may be recycled or sold through auction.
If you'd like to know how much your car could generate for charity, please get in touch.
Are the parts worth anything?
We'll always take into consideration any potential parts value when you donate your car, so we can get the maximum donation possible for charity. Certain makes and model have particularly desirable parts, which can make the car worth more.
However, the older your car is, the less likely it is that any of its parts will have a resale value, as they become old and worn out. Unfortunately, even new parts that you’ve had to purchase recently can hold little or no value, due to the cost of removing and storing them for re-sale, and the fact they’re considered second hand.
Overall, there isn't the demand for spare parts there once was, due to the wide availability of cheap, brand new, after-market parts. When most cars reach the end of their useful life, recycling is the most effective way to get the best value from a car.