Donate Your Car

Donate your old or unwanted vehicle and help us prevent youth homelessness.KUC0018_DonateYourCar_Web

Have you bought a new car? Or do you want to get rid of an unwanted car? The Donate Your Car program is a free and fast alternative to selling or trading your vehicle. It is an easy way to make a significant contribution to the lives of young Australians who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

The process is simple!

5 quick steps to donating


Before you fill in the donation form below, please make sure that:

  • The vehicle is located within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Perth, Hobart or Adelaide. If you are not sure that your vehicle is in a metropolitan area, please fill in a quick enquiry form here. We will call you within 48 hours to confirm if we are able to collect your vehicle.
  • The vehicle is easily accessible for a towing truck (the towing truck driver will be by himself and cannot jump start or push the vehicle).
  • You have the registration details, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the year, make and model details.
2. Complete your donation form. If you have any questions or would like a hardcopy form sent out just give us a call on 1800 801 633.
3. We will call you to arrange collection of your vehicle, and your vehicle gets collected through our Platinum Partner, Manheim, on the date specified by you.
4. Once the collection has been confirmed, please cancel your registration, remove the number plates and hand them in to your local transport authority. 
5. Your vehicle goes to auction at Manheim and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle go towards preventing youth homelessness. Thank you!

Got a couple of questions? Visit our FAQs page! 


Things you should know

  • We accept cars, boats with trailers, caravans, motorbikes, box trailers, trucks etc.
  • We accept all types of vehicles, running, not running, classics, lightly used and even the end of life vehicles. 
  • We only need three business days to organise the towing truck after we get your online form.
  • We receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle- all towing and auction services are kindly donated by Manheim.
  • All vehicle donations are eligible for a tax deduction based on the amount the vehicle is sold for at auction. All vehicles valued by the ATO at more than $5000 are eligible for a tax deduction based on the current market value.
  • If you want to claim your donation on tax for this financial year, please make sure you read about the due date on our FAQs page. 


Do you want to know more about the vehicle collection, the auctions or the tax deductibility? Visit our FAQs page!


How your donation helps

Kids Under Cover Studio

Kids Under Cover is a registered Not For Profit organisation that works to prevent youth homelessness. Kids Under Cover is the only organisation in Australia offering a unique combination of building homes and providing scholarships and mentors for homeless and at-risk young people. 

Since we started in 1989, Kids Under Cover has supported more than 2,800 young people at risk of homelessness with a secure home through our Studio Program. For the young person the studio, which is built in the backyard of the family or carer's home, provides an opportunity to develop independent living skills and to stay connected with their family. More importantly, it prevents young people from becoming homeless.  

Our Scholarship Program helps young people to stay engaged with education. By covering education expenses, young people are empowered to continue their study or job training. This can lead to more positive employment opportunities, ensuring the young person has a productive, functioning place in their community.

Our Mentoring Program offers positive role models who connect with young people and offer guidance, support and encouragement. As confidence, self-esteem and social skills improve, young people are in a better position to make life-changing decisions.

Through our programs young people are empowered to build a brighter future for themselves.


How the Donate Your Car program changes lives

This video shows you how the proceeds from the Donate Your Car program and the amazing support of our partners at Manheim have a direct impact on the local community.

Watch the story of Kayla and her family to see the impact a Kids Under Cover Studio can have.



Update on the program 

Since the launch of the Donate Your Car program in 2006, more than 2900 vehicles have been donated and as a result we have raised more than $1million at auctions across the country. The success of the program has been crucial in our work in preventing youth homelessness; however on any given night there are still more than 44,000 homeless young people. By donating your old or unwanted car, you will make a difference in the fight against youth homelessness. Donate today!

Manheim donate all their towing and auction services to Kids Under Cover

Last month (March 2014)
Number of vehicles donated: 185
Money raised at auctions: $161,180

This year (Since 1 January 2014)
Number of vehicles donated: 575
Money raised at auctions: $216,655

Grand total (since 2006)
Number of vehicles donated: 2996
Money raised at auctions: $1,388,293


Get in touch with us

If you have any questions, please call us on 1800 801 633 or fill in the contact form. Or when you are ready to donate your car, please fill in the donation form.


The Donate Your Car program is proudly supported by:


Platinum Partner



Gold Partner   Gold Partner (VIC)    


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Gold Partner (WA)   Gold Partner (QLD)    Gold Partner (NSW)
AUTOTRADER_LOGO_23-5-11_web   4BC    2UE logo

Silver Partner (VIC)


 Silver Partner (VIC)


 Silver Partner (NSW)
RA_logo_web    Herald Sun Silver partner    2GB



Bronze Partner

   Bronze Partner (VIC)    
First Rate Car Loans Australia    Corporate_horizontal_black_small_web    
Supporting Partner (VIC)        
Top Speed Motor Group