Car donation in
California is easy!

Takes 2 minutes.
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Does it run?
Have the title?

fast and free car donation

Fast and Free

When you donate a car in CA we’ll pick it up for free, and often within 24 hours.

save on taxes when donating your car

Save $$$ on Taxes

Get a tax deduction for the fair market value of the car - up to $500, or the price we sell the car for.

Help kids by donating your car

Help Kids

Your donation supports the youth & educational programs of nonprofit Kars4Kids & our sister charity Oorah.

How to donate a car in California.

Tell us about your car

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

Schedule a free pickup

We’ll call you within 24 hours to arrange a convenient pickup time for your vehicle donation.

You are done!

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

Why our California donors think we're the best place to donate a car.

Our car donation program was rated 4.9/5. Read more of our 24,830 online reviews.

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Hayward, CA

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Eboni W.

Ontario, CA

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Ben S.

Poway, CA

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Deanna G.

Pittsburg, CA

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Joe R.

San Jose, CA

Donated a 1996 Volkswagen Jetta

Karl W.

Sloughhouse, CA

Donated a 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager

Richard C.

La Mirada, CA

Donated a 2002 Honda Civic

Virginia S.

Duncans Mills, CA

Donated a 2001 Dodge Intrepid

Holly H.

Aptos, CA

Donated a 1992 Pontiac Bonneville

Leslie R.

Tracy, CA

Donated a 2004 Hyundai Elantra

Michael T.

Novato, CA

Donated a 1991 Ford Escort

Samantha F.

Sacramento, CA

Donated a 2003 Suzuki Aerio

Lana A.

Livermore, CA

Donated a 2002 Honda Civic

Jan O.

Novato, CA

Donated a 1992 Toyota Camry

Susan P.

Sacramento, CA

Donated a 1997 Mercury Sable

Laurence T.

Oakland, CA

Donated a 1996 Subaru Legacy

Daniel C.

Culver City, CA

Donated a 1999 Buick Regal

Theresa M.

Yucca Valley, CA

Donated a 2000 Ford E-150

Danilo C.

Milpitas, CA

Donated a 1999 Chrysler Concorde

Queray M.

Merced, CA

Donated a 1991 Honda Civic

Susan R.

Santa Ana, CA

Donated a 1999 Toyota Corolla

Ty N.

Arcadia, CA

Donated a 1992 Honda Prelude

William B.

Campbell, CA

Donated a 1999 Toyota Corolla

Chris/Andrew B.

Fairfield, CA

Donated a 1999 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

Frankie M.

Arroyo Grande, CA

Donated a 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora

Dominique N.

Redding, CA

Donated a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta

Adrian A.

Oceanside, CA

Donated a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina

Ron C.

San Jose, CA

Donated a 2000 Dodge Stratus

Su X.

Milpitas, CA

Donated a 1998 Nissan Sentra

Corey W.

Los Gatos, CA

Donated a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Kars4Kids gold rated seal on GuideStar charity ratings
Kars4Kids top rated charity on GreatNonprofits charity ratings

Your car donation directly helps kids

Kars4Kids is a registered Jewish nonprofit providing educational, social and mentoring support to kids across North America. See how
These are some of our favorite California charities we’ve supported with a small grant.

The Painted Turtle, CA Kars4kids Grants

The Painted Turtle understands that fun at summer camp is not a luxury when you’re a child with a chronic or life-threatening illness.

Robotics For All, a student-led nonprofit, strives to make STEM accessible to all, including students from underserved communities.

Community Partnership for Youth develops the whole child with academic help and behavior and life skills guidance through mentoring.

Our matching gift sponsors

Your questions, answered.

Read all our faq's.

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.
Kars4Kids accepts donations of virtually all kinds of vehicles, including but not limited to: car, snow plow, boat, bus, jet ski, truck, airplane, van, trailer, motorcycle, ATV, tractor, commercial, fleet and RV (motor home) donations. Sorry, no kids.
We can usually pick up a vehicle without a title in California . We just need the registered owner to sign some paperwork for us.

In the following counties, you’ll just need to provide proof of ownership such as copy of registration or insurance card : Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba
California Title
The sample document to the left of this paragraph has two blue arrows. Sign where both arrows appear using the name listed on the front page of your car title. The signed title should be placed in the glove compartment at the time your vehicle is picked up. Attached to the top of your title is a Release of Liability. You will need to fill out this form and mail it or deliver it to your local DMV.

Find answers to all your CA title questions.
Kars4Kids will help you through the title transfer process, making it easy and streamlined for you. Leave your plates on the vehicle, unless they are personalized plates that you'd like to use on another vehicle. Typically, we will fill out and submit the release of liability for you. You should cancel your insurance after the release of liability has been submitted. Get the full details on this process in our California titles transfer guide.
Visit for more information on your state car donation laws.
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:
Download, print, and complete the Application for Duplicate Title Form. The legal owner must sign the form and have it notarized.

You may submit this application and payment of the fee either in person or by mail. You can make an Appointment at your local DMV or mail the completed forms with payment to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Registration Operations
P.O. Box 942869 MS E69
Sacramento, CA 94269-0001

Recent car donations in California


Kars4kids Car Donation
2313 Bay Hill Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915

Hours of Operation
24 hours a day

Areas of service
Fun Fact! Car owners who own Ford Windstar tend to be generous. We know that because more Ford Windstars were donated than any other model in the state!

* 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.

Financial disclosure: Kars4Kids is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors. Our Federal Identification Number is 22-374-6050.Financial information may be obtained directly from your state agency.

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