Vehicle Donations

Donating a vehicle to PVAS is easy. If you don't want to go through the hassle of selling your old vehicle yourself and/or if a tax deduction would be easier or more valuable to you than a trade-in or cash payment, it's a step worth considering.

Your vehicle doesn't have to be in running condition; all vehicles have at least some residual value from parts or scrap. All you have to do is contact Kristin Alexander at or 304-676-3397 and give her your name, address, and phone number, the make, model, year and VIN number of the vehicle (the VIN number is mounted on the top of the dashboard on the driver's side and can be easily viewed through the windshield); and the vehicle's location.

We'll handle everything from there, including making arrangements to have the vehicle picked up. There is no cost to you for pickup, even if that involves towing.

Tax benefits to you

PVAS typically sells donated vehicles through the Winchester Auto Dealers Exchange in Frederick County, VA, which holds auctions every Saturday. PVAS receives the net proceeds from the auction sale of your vehicle, after the auction house's fees and towing or transportation costs are deducted. You get to deduct the full auction sale price.

After your vehicle is sold, PVAS will provide you with a letter that documents the sale for tax purposes. If the auction sale price is more than $500, you'll need to attach a copy of that letter to your next year's tax return along with a copy of Internal Revenue Service Form 8283 ("Noncash Charitable Contributions"). For a copy of Form 8283 and its accompanying instructions go to the IRS website and enter "Form 8283" in the search box.

If the auction sale price is less than $500 you do not need to document your deduction on your next tax return but you should keep a copy of our letter in case your deduction is challenged.

The IRS offers a handy, complete guide to all facets of vehicle donations. To access this publication, click here or go to the IRS website and type "Publication 4303" in the search box.

Please remember the following:

  • As with any charitable donation, you can only deduct donations of vehicles to charities if you itemize deductions on Schedule A of your Form 1040.
  • For tax purposes, vehicles are defined as any motor vehicle manufactured primarily for use on public streets, roads, and highways; boats; or airplanes.

Questions? If you have any questions about donating a vehicle, please contact Kristin Alexander.

          © 2014 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
phone // 304-676-3397

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist
phone // 304-676-8739

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
phone // 703-303-1026

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
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