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Car Donation Illinois

You've come to the right place – our Kars4Kids crew in Illinois can pick up virtually any car donation, regardless of condition, and usually without a title too.

  • Free towing in IL within 24 to 48 hours
  • Tax deductible receipt
  • Vacation voucher Details

How it works in IL

Tell us about your car

1. Tell us about your car

Take 2 minutes to fill out a donation form - online or over the phone.

Schedule a free pickup time

2. Schedule a free pickup

Within 24 hours we’ll call you to arrange a convenient pickup time.

We tow your car

3. You are done!

Within 2-4 weeks you receive a tax receipt and vacation voucher.

400,000+ donors trust us with their car.

Here’s what our Illinois donors had to say about how donating went for them.
P.S. we didn’t make these up! They're all real donors, with real experiences.

Latonya G.
Overall, the experience was fine
By Latonya G., Chicago  IL (I donated a 1994 Mercury Topaz)

Overall the experience was fine. I had a small issue with the tow truck driver but we worked it out and things were great from there. Kars4kids was great with getting me my receipt in a timely manner and that was greatly appreciated. I hope that the car I donated is being put to good use.

Michael F.
As long as one has the title, couldn't be easier
By Michael F., Tinley Park  IL (I donated a 1999 Buick Regal)

Very easy as long as one has the title to the vehicle, couldn't be easier. As they say one call does it all!

Robert K.
They handled it over the phone very professionally and clearly
By Robert K., Elmhurst  IL (I donated a 1996 Dodge Avenger)

Everything went very smooth. They handled it over the phone very professionally and clearly. I left work to be there when they arrived and they where there on time to pick up the car and we were both on our way. Very fast pick up ---thanks

How your car helps

Our charity programs are the essence of what we do. We are thankful to be able to give back to many local communities across North America and to bring educational opportunities to so many children, with the help of our sister charity Oorah. We're a registered nonprofit Jewish organization. Learn about what we do and see our charity programs here.

Kars4kids Mentor Program
The Kars4Kids Vision

Kars4Kids‘ vision is to give our children the ability to succeed in life. We focus on educational, mentorship and year-round programs for our children, their families and their communities, looking at the big picture of our children‘s development and the environment they grow up in. We rely on thousands of volunteers to help us change the world, one child at a time.

Seeing Is Believing

Our gallery offers thrilling documentation of a thriving organization, from its wildly annoying jingle (!) to the shiny happy faces of all those who have benefited from Kars4Kids programs. Here is where you can see Kars4Kids moments captured for posterity: holiday packages, a coat giveaway, fulfilling the dream of someone with a disability, and more.

Fun in TheZone

Hundreds of children from across the country call TheZone home each summer. With a nearly one-on-one staff to camper ratio, the atmosphere of warmth and unconditional love makes TheZone "the happiest place on Earth" for our children. And the friendships and mentorships nurtured in summer camp are kept up throughout the year.

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Still have questions?

The amount you can claim from the IRS as a tax deduction depends on the category applicable to you:
The IRS allows you to claim a tax deduction of:
a) The value of your vehicle up to $500. It is up to the donor to determine the fair market value.
b) The amount we sell your vehicle for - if it is more than $500.

Kars4kids is a classified 501(c)(3) charity organization. You can check with your tax advisor or accountant to determine the amount of your benefit. The deduction is of value only if the donor itemizes his or her deductions. For a more detailed overview the IRS publishes a Donors Guide to Car Donation.
We accept the following donations: car, snow plow, boat, bus, jet ski, truck, RV (motor home), commercial, airplane, van, trailer, motorcycle, ATV, tractor, and fleet donations. Sorry no kids.
We can usually pick up a vehicle without a title in Illinois. We just need the registered owner to sign some paperwork for us.

In the following counties you may not need to sign any paperwork at all. Just provide a proof of ownership (such as copy of registration or insurance card): Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Cook, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Lake, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Massac, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Winnebago, Woodford
In almost all scenarios Kars4kids will apply for the new title for you. We'll handle all the paperwork and pay the title fees too.
If you'd prefer you may apply for a new title on your own. Here's how:
Fill out the Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190). Check the box for Duplicate Title in the top section.

You may submit application in person at a Secretary of State facility.

To submit by mail, send your application to:
Office of the Secretary of State
Vehicle Records Processing Division
501 S. 2nd. St., Room 424
Springfield, IL 62756-6666

For more information visit
Illinois Title
The sample title document to the left of this paragraph has a blue arrow. Sign where the arrow appears using the name listed on the front page of your car title. The title document should be given to the tow truck driver at the time your car is collected.
1. Remove all plates
All plates must be removed from your car prior to towing. Destroy the plates if they are not going to be transfered to another vehicle.

You may transfer the plates to a new vehicle by filling out the Application for Vehicle Transaction and bringing it to your local Secretary of State facility .

2. Seller's Report of Sale
Complete the Notice of Sale attached to the bottom of your title. Then mail it to:
Secretary of State Vehicle Services
Department Record Inquiry
Division 501 S. Second St., Rm. 408
Springfield, IL 62756

3. Cancel your insurance
Cancel your insurance after your car has been towed.

Visit for more information on your state car donation laws.
The family-owned and operated towing business known as North Shore Towing has been in the business of serving "Chicagoland" for over three decades, towing cars on demand within a 75-mile radius of Chicago proper. North Shore‘s fleet is impressive with more than 30 tow trucks of every size and type one could desire for the job of towing vehicles. No job too big or too small may be a cliche, but it‘s an apt statement of fact in relation to this veteran of the towing business.

The job of towing cars can become exciting from time to time what with finding what the staff likes to call its "junk yard jewels." These would include such items as a purse with all its contents still inside, including a money-filled wallet; a rare early 1900‘s 3-fingered baseball glove, accidentally left behind by its owner; and a wooden trunk, packed to the brim with baseball cards. The company does its best to reunite these rare items with its owners.

For a full list of frequently asked questions check out our faq section


IL fun factsSome of the donations we‘ve received have really shocked us, but not so the all terrain vehicle donated by Tom L. of Waukegan, Il. This ATV had the best shock absorbers we‘ve ever had to pleasure to experience.

Any information on this page related to state laws and title requirements is correct to the best of our knowledge. But because this kind of information is liable to change, please check with your local motor vehicle authority for current guidelines and requirements.
Kars4kids Car Donation

2527 Oakton Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Sun - Thu: 7 am - midnight EST
Fri: 7 am - pm EST
Sat: 11 am - midnight EST

Our Areas of Service.

We pick up from all over Illinois, including:
Abingdon, Albion, Aledo, Altamont, Alton, Amboy, Anna, Arcola, Ashley, Assumption, Athens, Atlanta, Auburn, Aurora, Ava, Barry, Batavia, Beardstown, Belleville, Belvidere, Benld, Benton, Berwyn, Bloomington, Blue Island, Braidwood, Breese, Bridgeport, Brookport, Bunker Hill, Burbank, Bushnell, Byron, Cairo, Calumet City, Canton, Carbondale, Carlinville, Carlyle, Carmi, Carrollton, Carterville, Carthage, Casey, Centralia, Centreville, Champaign, Charleston, Chenoa, Chester, Chicago, Chillicothe, Chrisman, Christopher, Clinton, Coffeen, Colchester, Collinsville, Colona, Columbia, Country Club Hills, Countryside, Creal Springs, Crest Hill, Crystal Lake, Cuba, Dallas City, Danville, Darien, Decatur, DeKalb, Delavan, Des Plaines, Dixon, Du Quoin, Earlville, East Dubuque, East Moline, East Peoria, East St. Louis, Edwardsville, Effingham, Eldorado, Elgin, Elmhurst, Elmwood, El Paso, Eureka, Evanston, Fairbury, Fairfield, Fairview Heights, Farmer City, Farmington, Flora, Freeport, Fulton, Galena, Galesburg, Galva, Geneseo, Geneva, Genoa, Georgetown, Gibson, Gillespie, Gilman, Girard, Golconda, Grafton, Grand Tower, Granite City, Grayville, Greenfield, Greenville, Griggsville, Hamilton, Harrisburg, Harvard, Harvey, Havana, Henry, Herrin, Hickory Hills, Highland, Highland Park, Highwood, Hillsboro, Hometown, Hoopeston, Hurst, Jacksonville, Jerseyville, Johnston City, Joliet, Jonesboro, Kankakee, Keithsburg, Kewanee, Kinmundy, Knoxville, Lacon, La Harpe, Lake Forest, Lanark, La Salle, Lawrenceville, Lebanon, Leland Grove, Le Roy, Lewistown, Lexington, Lincoln, Litchfield, Lockport, Loves Park, McHenry, McLeansboro, Macomb, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Markham, Maroa, Marquette Heights, Marseilles, Marshall, Martinsville, Mascoutah, Mason City, Mattoon, Mendota, Metropolis, Minonk, Moline, Momence, Monmouth, Monticello, Morris, Morrison, Mound City, Mounds, Mount Carmel, Mount Carroll, Mount Olive, Mount Pulaski, Mount Sterling, Mount Vernon, Murphysboro, Naperville, Nashville, Nason, Nauvoo, Neoga, New Boston, Newman, Newton, Nokomis, North Chicago, Northlake, Oakbrook Terrace, Oak Forest, Oakland, O'Fallon, Oglesby, Olney, Oneida, Oregon, Orient, Ottawa, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Pana, Paris, Park City, Park Ridge, Paxton, Pekin, Peoria, Peru, Petersburg, Pinckneyville, Pittsfield, Plano, Polo, Pontiac, Princeton, Prophetstown, Prospect Heights, Quincy, Red Bud, Robinson, Rochelle, Rock Falls, Rockford, Rock Island, Rolling Meadows, Roodhouse, Rosiclare, Rushville, St. Charles, St. Elmo, St. Francisville, Salem, Sandwich, Savanna, Sesser, Shawneetown, Shelbyville, Silvis, South Beloit, Sparta, Springfield, Spring Valley, Staunton, Sterling, Streator, Sullivan, Sumner, Sycamore, Taylorville, Toluca, Toulon, Trenton, Troy, Tuscola, Urbana, Vandalia, Venice, Vienna, Villa Grove, Virden, Virginia, Wamac, Warrenville, Warsaw, Washington, Waterloo, Watseka, Waukegan, Waverly, Wenona, West Chicago, West Frankfort, West Peoria, Wheaton, White Hall, Wilmington, Winchester, Windsor, Witt, Wood Dale, Wood River, Woodstock, Wyoming, Yorkville, Zeigler

As one of the biggest car donation charities we accept donations throughout the entire USA.