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Donating a Car to Goodwill

Goodwill Industries Making a Difference

Goodwill Industries car donations.Goodwill Industries International Inc., known to most of as simply goodwill®, is a nonprofit community based organization that provides job training, employment placement services, and other programs for people who have barriers preventing them from otherwise obtaining a job. As part of their services they hire individuals that display limitations to normal channels of employment to operate a large network of non-profit retail thrift stores. Many of these employees come from the military, have limited educations or face other unique challenges and handicaps that make it unlikely that they would be able to move directly into mainstream employment. In 2017, Goodwill helped more than 288,000 people train for careers.

Goodwill® was founded in 1902 by minister Boston by Reverend Edgar J. Helms as a collective that took discarded used household goods and clothing, then trained and hired the unemployed or impoverished to mend and repair the items. He described the ministry as an "industrial program as well as a social service enterprise". The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “Not Charity, but a Chance” was born. Since that time it has grown to be in over 23 countries plus the United States and Canada. Currently there are around 175 full Goodwill members in the United States and Canada. Each are independent social enterprises that operate their own regional Goodwill retail stores and job training programs. The clothing, household goods and other items that are donated to Goodwill are sold in more than 3,200 Goodwill retail stores. When items remain unsold at a normal Goodwill store, they are then taken and deeply discounted at a Goodwill Outlet.

All vehicles donated to goodwill® are resold with the proceeds used to fund mission-focused programs.

Goodwill does not give cars away, rather they have programs in place that help qualified individuals purchase a car for low monthly interest-free payments. Goodwill does not do a check credit which enables many who would otherwise not qualify for a car, get one. When all payments are completed the result can be used to help establish or improve one's credit.

Wheels to Work Program Some qualified employees get cars at a very low cost from goodwill.

Elevating an individual's well being along with their families' lives has been a core tenet of Goodwill Industries. In doing so they restore dignity and improve the community. This 501c3 organization does so many good things it's hard to just point out one or two.

Donate Your Old Car to Goodwill

Information about Goodwill Car Donation

All of the money from the resale of your donated vehicle goes to Goodwill for use in supporting its many mission-focused programs. However, Goodwill pays a management fee to National Charity Services to handle the operations of the vehicle donation program.

There are costs associated when a vehicle is picked up for a donation, especially if towing is needed. Goodwill pays a fee to a national service to handle all of the costs associated with the collection and sale of donated vehicles. These companies send out a qualified person to take care of all the necessities of picking up a vehicle. They are professionals and know the ins and outs of vehicle donation and come prepared to take the necessary steps to complete the process. After the vehicle is auctioned off and fees are deducted all of the remaining proceeds go to benefit Goodwill.

Steps to Donating Your Vehicle to Goodwill


You can use the link above to start the very quick process. It actually takes less than 60 seconds. Simply fill out the form (or you can call the toll free number if you have more questions).


After receiving the submitted form Goodwill will then call you to arrange a convenient time to pick up the vehicle from your home or another location of your choice. The form questionnaire asks for the address of the donated vehicle.


Within a few days after the vehicle has been picked up you will receive in the mail a tax receipt. You'll then want to take a copy of the donation receipt and your registration to your DMV along with any license plates to de-register the car and then cancel insurance.