Donate A Car

Charitable tax deduction is a great incentive for donating your car.

Donating your car can be financially beneficial; here are a few tips to help you make the most of your donation.

Celestial Manna is always finding new ways to help people in need. Car donation is one of the best ways to raise the chances for a change and new opportunities to most people.  We are seeing families and/or individuals  improving their lifes, finding jobs and riding safely. You are the principle contributor, making it all possible by donating your car to us

That’s why we work so hard to make the process easy, fast and convenient for you, our donor. For over 30 years, Celestial Manna has helped multiple families across the State of Maryland and beyond. We want to do much more, and for that we invite you to be a part of this incredible cause.

Call or Write to Us

We accept all kinds of vehicles for donation. Cars, trucks, vans, RVs, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, and more.

Schedule Pick Up

Within 24 hours of receiving a confirmation email from us, you will be contacted by our towing service to schedule a free pick-up of the vehicle.

Get a Tax Receipt

IRS regulations: A tax receipt, which contains the value of donor’s tax deduction, is sent to the donor after their vehicle has been processed. As a complimentary service, Celestial Manna also provides a 1098c for all donations, except those that sell for under $500.

The Donation Process and Car Evaluation

Every vehicle received will be inspected to determine how to derive the greatest value for a full donor’s tax deduction. 

The donations are  classified into  four categories:

1.  Recondition.  A vehicle that can be reconditioned for less than $1,000 and can last at least 2 years of reliable service. Models that are less than 10-12 years old and have fewer than 150,000 miles, (some cars outside of this range are admissible).

What we do: We repair and detail the car and award it to a qualified low-income family.

Deduction value: Donors can deduct the vehicle's fair market value.

2.  Major Repair Needed (Like New Transmission) but in an overall great condition.  
What we do: We make major and minor repairs and detail the vehicle to maximize its value. Then, we sell it.  Proceeds allow us to prepare suitable vehicles for more families.

Deduction value: Donors can deduct the car's fair market value, minus the estimated cost of the major repair. We'll provide these donors with the estimated cost of the repair.

3. Good Condition Luxury Car Because they can be expensive to repair and maintain, Celestial Manna doesn’t provide luxury cars to low-income families. But if one is in good condition, these vehicles are sold. What we do: Repair and detail the vehicle in order to maximize its value. Then, we sell it, that way all proceeds support the operations for Celestial Manna. Deduction value: Donors can deduct the selling price of the vehicle, an amount that is typically close or equal to the vehicle's fair market value. 4. A car in poor condition and wouldn't be cost-effective to improve.  What we do: One of several auction partners is selected to achieve the greatest selling price; in many cases, we assign a minimum bid to the car. Deduction Value: Donors can deduct the selling price of their vehicle. Note that auction houses are a unique market. Vehicles at auction sell for anywhere from 1/3 - 1/2 of the fair market value of the car.  

TAX INFORMATION

IRS Publication 4303 - Everything you need to know about donations and taxes.

Getting tax benefits for a donated car requires a lot of documentation, whether the car is junked, sold at auction or given to a charity's client.  has all the details. Be sure to keep all the papers or electronic files. You'll need them at tax time.

Your Car Fair Market Value:  We want you to know all about what to expect when you donate your car to us.  For that, here you'll find the Donor’s Guide to Vehicle Donation, Publication 4303, from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state charity officials that provides general guidelines for individuals who donate their vehicles. 

In case you need a time extension to file your taxes including a car donation, your first option, according to IRS Publication 526,  is to file Form 4868. That's a request for an automatic six-month extension of time to submit your return. Another option is to file the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. When the charity finally sends your notification, you can file an amended return using Form 1040X to claim the deduction. Make sure to attach a copy of the notification.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Deductions may vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult your tax adviser and ask him to review the IRS’s “Donor’s Guide to Vehicle Donations,” as well as their "Charitable Contributions," guide.

Another helpful resource is the IRS’s “Determining the Value of Donated Property.”