Donate your Vehicle

Antique, Classic and Collector Cars in good condition wanted!

Free pick-up from almost anywhere in the country and a tax deduction.

We have a wonderful museum with over 150 classic cars and trucks on exhibit in historical groupings. Change, however, is important to maintain public interest and to advance our mission to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives; therefore we are constantly seeking new donations for exhibit. While we intend to keep cars accepted for exhibit for at least three years, IRS rules are that all donations must be unrestricted to qualify for a tax deduction therefore we may sell them at any time to improve or change our collection.

To claim a tax deduction, exhibit cars must be appraised within 60 days of the date of donation by a qualified appraiser who can provide the proper IRS forms. If you can’t find an appraiser, we can refer you to one, and will do all the donation and IRS paperwork.

Used cars and trucks not suitable for exhibit will be brought to Sacramento if their value is more than the transportation cost. They will be prepared for sale and retailed at the Museum. Their selling price will be your tax deduction.

You will receive a receipt and the Museum will do all DMV paperwork to transfer title and IRS paperwork to claim a tax deduction. Your deduction will be whatever the vehicle actually sells for, which we guarantee will be more than other charities get when they turn them over to an auction yard or third party!

Why donate to the California Auto Museum? We are in the automobile business!

Where better to get a retail price for a retail tax deduction for your car? We sell them ourselves. No middle man. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of donated vehicles go directly to the Museum. We are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We need your donation.

Call: (916) 442-6802 ext. 16 to talk to John Anguiz about your car or send him an email.

Or to submit an online donation, fill out the following form: