How to Donate

The Arc accepts cars, vans, trucks, boats with a trailer, and recreational vehicles seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It’s as simple as filling out our online donation form. (Please be sure to select IA – The Arc of Story County from the drop down menu.) The form is easy to complete and your car donation will be processed immediately. Once you hit the “Submit” button, you will receive an e-mail notification, normally within hours. A local towing agency will call you within 24 hours to make any towing arrangements.

Prefer to speak with a person? Call us at (877) 272-2270 and one of our friendly operators will assist you dring the following hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (EST)
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Sunday Closed

You must provide the year, make and model of your vehicle, the general condition, the vehicle identification number, and have the title and lien in hand. The Arc will take care of the rest and arrange a convenient time for free towing.  Your tax form will be mailed to you as a “Non-Cash Charitable Contribution” within four to six weeks.

We value your personal privacy and we will NOT sell, loan, or give your personal information to a third party company except for the sole purpose of processing your car donation.

Benefits Include

  • Free towing whether your vehicle is running or not
  • Donating your vehicle from anywhere in the country
  • Eliminating the hassle of repairing, advertising and selling your car
  • Receiving a potential IRS tax deduction
  • Supporting The Arc’s vision for a world where people with disabilities are fully included

How to Maximize Your Tax Deduction

Vehicle donations made to a charitable nonprofit organization are tax-deductible. Consult with a tax professional on how to maximize your tax deduction since every vehicle donation and tax situation is unique.

In general, the IRS limits the tax deduction to the gross proceeds from the sale of the car, truck or other vehicle.  Charitable contributions must be itemized on Schedule A of Form 1040 to qualify.  If the total deduction claimed on the tax return exceeds $500, Form 8283 “Non-Cash Charitable Contributions” must also be completed and attached.

To learn more about a donor’s responsibilities are prior to making a car donation, please consult the “Donors Guide to Vehicle Donations” found in IRS Publication 4303.

Vehicle Donation Partner

The Arc partners with Melwood Charity Car Donation Center, a non-profit agency, to manage and operate our vehicle donation program.  Melwood, since 1963, has provided job training and employment for over 2,000 individuals with disabilities.