Donate A Car FAQs

What type of vehicles do you accept as donations?
We accept most cars, trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, trailers, boats, motorcycles, and RV's. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please send us an email or contact a member of the Development staff at (919) 493-9968.

What if I lost the title (pink slip)?
If you need assistance arranging for a donation and you do not have your title, please contact a member of the Development Staff at (919) 493-9968 where knowledgeable specialists are waiting to assist you! 

What does Duke School do with the vehicles?
Depending upon the specific needs of the institution, the vehicles may be retained as a part of the school’s fleet, sold at a private auction or to a car broker/dealer. The proceeds are used to help support the operating budget of Duke School.

Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, your vehicle donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You are encouraged to contact your tax advisor for details relevant to you specific tax situation.

  • For low value vehicle donations, you can claim the fair market value up to $500.
  • If you donate a car that is worth more than $500, your deduction will be limited to the actual sale price of your car donation.

In either case, you will be provided a receipt showing the final sale price of your vehicle within 30 days of the sale of your donated car. For more information, you can check out A Donor's Guide to Vehicle Donation.

Can I value my vehicle before I donate it to Duke School?
Many factors can contribute to the final selling price of any vehicle, including the make, model and year of your car, in addition to any mechanical or physical damage to the vehicle that might affect its value. We recommend Edmunds, Kelly Blue Book, and NADA resources that may help you to estimate the value of your vehicle. Estimates should be based on “private party” sale estimates and not the retail value of the vehicle. Note: Duke School Development Office cannot guarantee the final selling price, which is your charitable contribution to Duke School.

My car hasn't run in years. Can I still donate it?
Cars that are in poor condition may be declined, as the cost to tow them may be more than the value of the vehicle.

Are all cars donated to Duke School sold at auction?
No. Occasionally, vehicles donated to Duke School do not sell at auction. In those cases, the vehicles may be sold for scrap and donors receive a receipt for the current market rate of scrap metal.

How will my car be picked up?
A member of the Development Office staff will arrange a convenient time for your vehicle to be dropped off to the school.

How can I schedule a pickup?
Contact a member of the Duke School Development Office.