Is Giveacar a truly independent service?
Yes, our independence has always been important to us. Giveacar is not part of a larger group, nor is it tied to any commercial operation, scrap dealership, or recycling firms.
We are also not owned by or affiliated to any particular charities, meaning your donations will always go to your nominated cause.
About charity donations
Do you charge an administration fee?
Giveacar is the original UK car donation not-for-profit social enterprise, and as such Giveacar reinvests every penny that is made into its advertising, staffing and administration costs.
To allow Giveacar to continue raising money for charities up and down the UK, Giveacar takes a small service charge from each donation. This is not a charge to the donor as the money is subtracted from the value of your donation.
Vehicles that raise up to £150 will have a 25% admin fee applied, and vehicles with a value of £150 and over will have a 30% admin fee applied. VAT of 5% is also deducted, but then the rest of the donation goes to your nominated charity. Giveacar is the only independent car donation company in the UK, and therefore our admin fee is our sole means of income.
Your donation not only means you’re supporting your nominated charity, but you are also helping to support other charities by investing in Giveacar’s operational costs and our ability to keep raising money for charities of all causes.
Ready to donate? Have a look at our charities here.
Which Charities Can I Donate Too?
Giveacar is proud to have over 1800 charities registered onto the Giveacar Scheme meaning we will likely have a local charity that you’ll wish to support when you donate your unwanted car.
Charity comes first at Giveacar which means that you can donate to charities that aren’t yet registered with the Giveacar Scheme. So long as the charity is Registered in the UK we can donate the value of your unwanted car to them on your behalf.
Why not take the time now to see which local charities you can donate your unwanted car too by clicking here. When you donate to a local cause you create a positive and immediate impact on your community.
If you have any further questions please get in touch on 0207 736 4242 and we’ll be happy to help.
Will the charity contact me after I donate my car?
Giveacar encourages your chosen charity to send you a thank you letter, but we do not control this process. You will be informed of how much your car raised usually within 6-8wks of the initial donation itself.
About the paperwork and car ownership
What paperwork do I need to donate a car?
Please read below to see the details required before donating. Have these ready for when we call to arrange the collection and donation of your vehicle.
On collection day you’ll need to complete Section 9, or Section 4 in newer vehicles.
Foreign Registered Vehicles we will need the vehicles VIN Number, Year of Manufacture and it’s Make and Model.
If you don’t have a photocard driving licence, you can instead show another form of photo ID from list 1 below, along with separate proof of address from list 2 below.
1. Accepted forms of photo ID:
- a valid UK passport
- a valid passport issued by a European Economic Area state, or
- a valid UK biometric immigration document.
2. Accepted proof of address (which must not be older than 3 months):
- a bank or building society statement
- a credit or debit card statement
- a council tax statement or demand letter
- a utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity, water), but not a mobile phone bill.
So we can arrange the collection of your unwanted vehicle it’s important that we have some of your basic details. Below is what we will require:
- Contact Number
- Collection Address
- Home Address
- Nominated Charity
To allow the Giveacar team to establish the best way to raise the most amount for your chosen charity we will need to know a few things before arranging your collection, these include:
- Registration Number
- MOT Status
That’s it! We look forward to hearing from you and arranging the collection and donation of your unwanted car to your nominated charity.
Can I reclaim any unused car tax?
Only if you send back section 9 of your V5C or inform the DVLA that you have given your vehicle away. We do not control this process.
We are unable to use the value of the car tax to supplement your donation, so please reclaim the tax yourself if possible. To find out how, please read our guide on the subject.
Can I retain my licence plate for my next vehicle?
Yes you can. All you will need to do is download and fill out Form V317 from the government website.
The application document will also require the registration certificate or the new keeper supplement with a completed Form V62. The process costs £80.
The process can take a few weeks so we recommend you do that before you donate your car to us.
Can I donate an abandoned vehicle?
We can do this case-by-case. Certain collection operators that we use have strict policies relating to abandoned vehicles. Please contact Giveacar to discuss terms and conditions relating to abandoned vehicles.
What if I don't have my V5C form?
Unfortunately we will need this from to complete the donation process. If you have damaged or misplaced your document you can apply for a new one at gov.uk/vehicle-log-book.
The process will cost £25 and will take up to 5 days if you apply by phone, up to 6 weeks if you apply by post.
If you only don’t have section 9, or 4 on the newer documents, you will still need to apply for the whole document unfortunately.
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 to discuss and we can try to help you.