Car Donation Procedures
VFC Policies and Procedures
My tax deduction depends on the way VFC uses my donated vehicle. When will I know how the vehicle will be used?
VFC gives each donor an initial assessment of how the vehicle will be used at the point of donation. Once the vehicle arrives at our office, our ASE certified master mechanics and Maryland state licensed inspectors oversee an examination of the vehicle and take the vehicle for a test drive, if the vehicle is intended to be awarded to a family or sold on our retail lot.
Vehicles intended to be awarded to a family or sold on our retail lot then undergo a more thorough pre-inspect and enter the repair process under the supervision of our Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified master mechanics.
VFC typically awards cars to families that are newer than 1998 with less than 150,000 miles. Why is that?
When considering which donated vehicles to award to families, our first priorities are the safety of reliability of the vehicle. We expect that an awarded vehicle will provide at least 2 years or 24,000 miles of service. Because of that, we typically award vehicles that are newer than 1998 with less than 150,000 miles. Each vehicle that is considered for award undergoes a thorough pre-inspect process by our ASE certified master mechanics, to evaluate the car’s condition.
Please note that these year/mileage restrictions are guidelines for how donations will be used. Vehicles for Change reviews and evaluates each donation on a case-by-case basis.
Why are some donated vehicles sold through Freedom Wheels, VFC’s used car lot?
Luxury vehicles that are in good condition are not awarded to families, due to their high cost of maintenance and repair. These vehicles (and occasionally other donated vehicles that have a high book value) are inspected and repaired under the supervision of our ASE certified master mechanics and Maryland state licensed inspectors and sold through Freedom Wheels to maximize the donor’s tax deduction and the return for VFC. Vehicles sell at a higher price through Freedom Wheels than they do at auction.