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Donate a Car in Vermont

Awarding donated vehicles to families in need

Your Donated Car Helps Vermonters

Good News Garage partners with the Vermont Economic Services Division to provide vehicles to participants in the Reach Up program of the Department of Children and Families. Reach Up helps eligible parents gain job skills and find work so they can support their minor, dependent children. Good News Garage helps those parents access reliable transportation through donated cars and our rideshare program, Ready to Go.

When you donate a car in Vermont to Good News Garage we assess your vehicle’s potential to be repaired; if it is in good shape then we award it to someone in the community. If it is not safe enough or is too costly to repair or maintain, then it is sold at auction. The proceeds are then used to repair another car, which will be awarded to someone in need of reliable transportation.

Every donated car helps local families in need and donors always qualify for a sizeable tax deduction!

Since Good News Garage opened its doors in Burlington, Vermont we have provided more than 5,500 New England families with donated cars. Will you donate your car and help more families access reliable transportation?


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How It Works

Unlike most car donation organizations that sell every car and hire a for-profit middleman, Good News Garage allows you to maximize your impact, because our mission is to repair and provide as many cars as possible to local families.

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The Details

Step One: You donate your car and we pick it up for free! Path Created with Sketch.

We accept vehicles of almost any age or condition from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Eastern New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. We will even tow or pick up your vehicle free of charge!

Donated vehicles are typically picked up within three to 10 days after we receive the title, depending on where the vehicle is located.

Step Two: We inspect your car to decide where it will go. Path Created with Sketch.

Qualified mechanics conduct a 72-point inspection of the vehicle. Depending on things like the mileage and cost of repairs, Good News Garage then determines how to process it. Safe and reliable vehicles are awarded to local individuals and families in need of reliable transportation, putting them on the road to a brighter future. Vehicles that cannot be repaired cost-effectively or pass state inspection are sold at auction and the proceeds help us repair other cars.

Step Three: You receive a tax deduction letter. Path Created with Sketch.

Once your car donation has been processed (which can take 8 to 12 weeks) you will receive a letter in the mail outlining what happened to your car and how much you can deduct on your taxes.

If your vehicle is safe and reliable, it may be repaired and awarded to a low-income family! In this case, donors can deduct the fair-market value of the vehicle from their taxes.

Donated vehicles that require excessive repairs or would be too expensive for our clients to maintain are sold at a local auction. Those funds help pay for repairs on vehicles that are awarded to clients. No matter what, your donated vehicle helps your neighbors in need and you qualify for a tax deduction of at least $500!

Please note that as required by the IRS, Good News Garage will need to include your social security number in your tax deduction paperwork if your tax deduction is more than $500. You do not need to provide your social security number if you do not want a tax deduction.


Have more questions about donating a car in Vermont?

Visit our FAQ page or reach out to us at 877.GIVE.AUTO


Visit our FAQ Page