Our priority is the health and well-being of our customers and employees. We are closely monitoring the situation and following up-to-date guidance from the government. We have made changes to our service to ensure our customers and employees are protected. The Giveacar team are now working from home and are available to reach by phone or email.
Our service is ongoing, and we are still raising vital funds for charity during this time. However, customers should be aware of the possibility of delays to service, notably collections. We are working with our contractors to ensure that, whilst collecting vehicles, they are following the latest government guidelines. Contact free collections can also be arranged. We will endeavour to inform you of any updates to our service and any matters related to the collection of your vehicle.
We continue to provide an extra revenue stream for charities during this time and are very grateful of your continued support.
If you would like any further information or to arrange contact free collection for an existing donation, please email email@example.com for more details.
We will keep you informed of any future updates to our service as the situation evolves.
How do I donate my car?
What type of vehicle can I donate?
What if my car is not in good condition?
We’ll take your car no matter the mileage, age or if it’s running or not. We also accept cars that don’t have a current MOT
Is your collection service free?
Yes, we will come and collect your car at no charge to you! But we do take a service fee from the value of the donation as we need to cover our operating costs
Who will collect my car?
We work with 3rd party contractors who will come and collect your vehicle. This depends on where you are located but once we’ve put your car through, we’ll send you an email with all the details you need to know
How long will it take to be collected?
We always aim for 7 working days. Do let us know if you’re in a hurry, or if you need us to collect your car earlier or later than this, and we’ll do our best to help. Please be aware collection is contracted out to our partners, so we aren’t able to guarantee an exact time. However, collection agents will call you and arrange a time that is most convenient for you. Find out more
What happens on the day of collection?
Make sure to have a few things ready:
- A form of identification
- The V5C/ logbook for your car, if you have them
- Your car keys
- Also, don’t forget to remove any personal belongings!
On the collection day the agent will:
- Check that your car matches the details you gave us
- Check and take a copy of your ID
- Fill out their details in the registration certificate
Can I donate a SORN vehicle?
Yes, we accept vehicles that are no longer on the road. Look at our page here that tells you everything about SORN vehicles
How do you work out the value of my car?
Our team of experts assess each car case-by-case using the information you supply us to get the most from each donation. If your car has reached the end of its life, we’ll find the highest scrap price for it. Or, if our team thinks your car holds more value, we put it through to auction
Do I get a receipt?
Every donor receives a receipt within 6-8 weeks of the sale of their vehicle. We also ask the charities to confirm the donation as well. You can read more here
Can I keep my private number plate?
The short answer is yes! Click here to learn more
Can I donate a car of someone recently deceased?
Yes. We have laid out everything you need to know here. Including how you notify the DLVA and what you need to tell them.
What paperwork do I need to donate?
You’ll need proof of ownership and the V5C if you have it. You may also be asked to show proof of identity For more information see this page
How do I notify the DVLA?
To notify the DVLA, you can do this online or by post.
Online – You can notify DVLA online using the Gov.uk website using the 11-digit reference number from your registration certificate (V5C).
Post – Simply post the completed yellow section 9 of your V5C, or for newer V5C’s this will be section 4, to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD
What is the V5C?
A V5C document, often referred to as a logbook, is a registration certificate for vehicles in the UK and is the document which the DVLA uses to keep track of any changes to a vehicle. We’ve put together a whole section on the V5C, click here to view it
What if I don’t have my V5C?
If you don’t have your V5C. On the day of collection, you will need to provide proof of ownership of the vehicle. You should also write to DVLA telling them that you no longer own the car. In the letter, you’ll need to include:
- Your name and address
- Make and model of your car
- Name and address of the new keeper
- Vehicle registration
- Exact date of sale
Will I receive a certificate of destruction?
Yes, if your vehicle is scrapped a certificate of destruction will be issued. We’ve explained all about the certificate of destruction here. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact us on 020 7736 4242
What about my unused road tax?
Any full month remaining on the road tax will be refunded by the DVLA when you send back your V5C or once you’ve notified them of the change of ownership. The DVLA has put together a full guide on the process
E.U Registered & Diplomat Cars
I have a car to get rid of from another E.U country
Giveacar has helped thousands of our E.U neighbours donate their unwanted cars. Take a look here for everything you need to know.
Many of you require assurances around the paperwork and processes involved and we can provide this. It’s best to contact us over the phone so that we can accurately explain everything you need to know.
To speed up the process, please have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) when you call. The VIN is a combination of 17 digits and letters, usually found stamped into the chassis of the vehicle.
N.B. The form TX23 from the DVLA, has now been replaced by the form 6. You should be able to request this through your embassy.
Can I donate my diplomatic car?
We take regular diplomatic car donations, but first, diplomat car owners need to speak with their embassy to obtain relevant documentation in order to relinquish ownership via the Giveacar scheme.
Once you have all the relevant documents signed and stamped by both the Embassy and Foreign & Commonwealth Office, we will ask for a copy of these and you can then donate the car.
If you are unsure about what’s needed please call us on 0207 736 4242 to discuss and we can try to help you
Which charities can I donate to?
You can donate to any UK registered charity even if they are not registered on our website. Find out more
Can I split my donation between charities?
Yes, if you would like to split your donation between two charities just let us know which ones you’d like the donation to go to
Does all my donation go to the charity?
We are a non-profit organisation so do take an administration fee from the value of the donation. This is used to cover our operating costs and allows us to keep going and make even more money for charity! We’ve explained more about our administration fee here
Will the charity contact me when they receive my donation?
Giveacar encourages your chosen charity to send you a thank you letter. If you haven’t heard from them, let us know and we are happy to contact them for you. Giveacar will inform you how much your car raised within 6-8 weeks of the donation itself.
How do I register my charity?
If you have a UK registered charity number, you can head over to our online form and submit your details
Is my donation eligible for gift aid?
Vehicles donated through our car donation scheme do not currently qualify for gift aid.
What is Giveacar?
The UK’s first car donation scheme, Giveacar is a not-for-profit social enterprise that can turn your old car into cash for any UK registered charity