How do I donate my car?
This page explains everything you need to know to donate your car
What type of vehicle can I donate?
You can donate cars, light vans or motorbikes through our scheme. It doesn’t matter the mileage, whether they are roadworthy, or if they’ve suffered an MOT failure. We are happy to turn your old vehicle into a donation
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 however as the collection is contracted out to our partners, we can’t 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 registration documents 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?
We assess each car case-by-case using the information you supply us. 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 but we won’t know the exact value until the day of the sale
Do I get a receipt?
Every donor receives a receipt within 6-8 weeks of the sale of their vehicle. You can read more here
Can I keep my private number plate?
The short answer is yes! Click here to learn more
What paperwork do I need to donate?
We’ve put everything you need to know on 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 registration certificate (V5C) to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD
What is the V5C?
We’ve put together a whole section on the V5C, click here to view it
How do I fill out the V5C?
The collection agent can help you with this on the day of collection. However, all you need to do is input the details it asks for and then the collection agent will also fill in theirs
What if I don’t have my registration certificate?
If you don’t have your registration certificate. 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
- Date of sale
Will I receive a certificate of destruction?
We’ve explained all about the certificate of destruction here. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact us on 0207 736 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. 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, it’s 17 digits & letters long (usually).
N.B. The form TX23 from the DVLA, has now been replaced by the form 6
I'm a diplomat who needs to get rid of my 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, but we do not control this process. We 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
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