How to Donate a Car in New Mexico

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Cassandra Hamilton
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An extra vehicle can be a real hassle to deal with—unless you end up donating it. Donating a car in
New Mexico
will benefit a good cause and earn you a tax deduction in the process.
When you’re ready to get rid of an old car, you probably only think about selling it or trading it in. But donating is a great option—your trusty
or beloved SUV can benefit those in need.
If you’re convinced donating a car in New Mexico is the right move, follow this guide.

How to donate a car in New Mexico

It’s actually super convenient to donate a car when compared to listing it for sale, meeting prospective buyers, and haggling over the price. The donation process is straightforward:
  • Search for a qualified organization. Not all charities can receive donations like this, but be wary of those that claim they can. Car donation is a big industry that draws scammers.
  • Check out the IRS’s
    online search tool
    to look at Pub. 78 info. This tool will allow you to find out if your chosen organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations.
  • Assemble documentation. You will probably need a signed title, but you might also need the car's information like the VIN and make/model. You might even need the current mileage.
  • Find out the car’s fair market value. You can check
    Kelley Blue Book
    for this information.
  • Hand over the vehicle. Most organizations will pick up a vehicle for free. You might have to fill out a donation form or make a phone call to schedule a time.
  • Retain your receipt. The organization should provide you with a tax receipt, which you’ll need when you file your taxes at the end of the year. Make sure you know the sale price if the organization sells the car.
Key Takeaway Check out an organization’s tax records before donating to ensure you aren’t getting scammed.

How do taxes work when donating a car?

The tax deduction you can claim is the big appeal of donating a car. Keep in mind that many organizations that accept vehicle donations will then
sell the car
The amount the car sells for affects how much you can write off at the end of the year.
  • If the sale price is more than $500, you will need to claim that price on your taxes—regardless of the market value of your vehicle
  • If the sale is less than $500, you have to claim the lesser amount of $500 or the fair market value
  • If there is no sale of the vehicle, you can claim the fair market value
These rules apply only to organizations that are eligible for tax-deductible donations. If you know a group of volunteers who regularly feed the homeless and need to raise funds for food supplies, they wouldn’t be eligible to provide you with a qualifying tax receipt.

Where to donate a car in New Mexico

Okay, you’re ready to do some good and donate your car. Which organizations are eligible? Here are six charities to which you can donate your vehicle in the Land of Enchantment.

Cars for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer doesn’t have as much awareness or funding as other types of cancer, and
Cars for Prostate Cancer
wants to change that. Their processing center is in Albuquerque.

Wheels for Wishes

Wheels for Wishes
raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by selling donated cars. The proceeds benefit critically ill children and help fulfill their wishes. The organization offers free tows from
Rio Rancho
Santa Fe
, Raton, and almost anywhere else in New Mexico.


When you think of Goodwill, you likely think of offloading last season’s clothes or some old furniture. But did you know they also take car donations? The
Goodwill website
explains everything you need to know about donating your car, which will support job training for the disadvantaged in New Mexico.


A 501(c)(3) nonprofit,
sells donated cars to fund educational, developmental, and recreational programming for low-income youth in New Mexico. Because they process their car donations themselves, your donation funds are maximized.

Vehicles for Veterans

If you’re interested in supporting our disabled veterans, consider donating your car to
Vehicles for Veterans
. They accept and pick up all vehicles, regardless of the condition, and promise the maximum refund for your donation.


If you can’t choose an organization or don’t have time to research, you can donate directly to one of the most popular processing services,
. They partner with several charities and you can choose which one(s) your car will benefit.
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