Donate Your Car


The hassle free alternative to selling your car.


COVID-19 Update

Kids Under Cover is closely following the recommendations of the relevant government authorities in relation to the containment of the COVID-19 virus within the community. 

The Donate Your Car® program remains fully operational and no physical contact is needed for car collection, to ensure everyone’s safety during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Looking for a great way to get rid of your used car? Donate your car and the proceeds of the sale will go to funding Kids Under Cover’s work in preventing youth homelessness. All car donations are completely tax-deductible!


How to fill out the form:

  1. Have the contact information of the person organising collection of the vehicle ready, as well as the location of the car ready to be provided.
  2. Have the details of the (current or previous) registration ready – this includes the VIN*!
  3. Check if the car is starting, and upload photos of any extensive damage to your device so they can be submitted with the form.
  4. If you are having technical difficulties with the online form, you can instead complete this word version of the form and email to

*A 17 digit combination of letters and numbers with no I, Q or O included. I = 1, and O = 0.

 All vehicles donated are sold unregistered and without roadworthy. We request that registration plates are removed and handed back to your transport authority no more than 2 days after the collection of your vehicle.All vehicles will be sold via public auction, any transferal of ownership is to be done with the advisement of your transport authority.Kids Under Cover do not take on ownership of any vehicles donated to us and are not the new owner of the vehicle. Please read our terms and conditions.

Why Donate a Car?


We accept cars, vans, motorbikes, caravans, trucks, buses, tractors, boats on trailers, and much more – we put your vehicle up for auction and put it towards our work in preventing youth homelessness at Kids Under Cover. 

We’re a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness. We do that by providing studio accommodation in family backyards as well as education scholarships

Not only will you be helping us to prevent young people from becoming homeless, but your vehicle donation is 100% taxdeductible.

How to donate your car


  1. Complete our donation form
  2. We’ll be in touch within 3 business days to confirm your details and arrange the collection
  3. Remove the number plates before your collection
  4. Our tow trucks will come to collect your vehicle (you don’t have to be there) and take it to our auction partner Manheim for auction
  5. We’ll send you a tax-deductible receipt within 8-12 weeks to thank you for your donation. Too easy

If you think your vehicle has a current market value of over $5,000, you are eligible for a valuation by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Your tax-deductible receipt will then be based on the ATO valuation amount. 

Please note: our form works on all devices but is best on desktop using Google Chrome or Safari.

Frequently Asked Questions


What types of vehicles do you accept?

We accept cars, vans, motorbikes, caravans, trucks, buses, tractors, boats on trailers, and much more. Have a different vehicle? Contact us to find out if we can accept your donation.

What areas does Donate Your Car ® service?

We collect vehicles within metropolitan Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and Hobart. If your vehicle is located more than one hour’s drive from one of these areas, contact us to find out if we can collect from your location.

How long will it take for my vehicle to be picked up?

Once we have received your donation form, we will contact you within 3 business days to organise the collection of your vehicle. We then need to give our transport company at least 3 business days’ notice. All up, this process takes about one week.

If you require an urgent collection (as a result of a council notice, because you are moving overseas, etc.), please contact us after completing the form so we can organise an earlier date for you.

Do I need to be there for the collection of my vehicle?

No, you do not need to be present for collection. There is no need to stay at home that day or take time off work.

You can discuss the finer details (such as keys) directly with the towing company when they call you to confirm the collection closer to the date and let them know how they can gain access to the vehicle.

You may also nominate someone else as the point of contact if you prefer, such as a family member.

Who will collect my vehicle?

All transport is organised by through our auction partner Manheim. They use a variety of fully-licensed and insured towing companies to pick up cars from across the country.

You will receive a courtesy call prior to the collection of your vehicle, that way you will know who to expect for your pick-up!

This call may be the day before the collection, usually late afternoon/ early evening, or, at the latest, by 10am on the morning of the collection. Please contact us if you have not heard from the transport company by 10am on the morning of your collection date so we can follow up.

Will I receive any paperwork at collection?

To make the collection and donation process easy, you won’t receive any paperwork from the transport company when they arrive to collect your vehicle.

However, if you would like anything in writing for insurance purposes or otherwise, please contact us and we can confirm the delivery of your car to site and/or provide you with a confirmation letter

Once your vehicle has been sold, we will send you a tax-deductible receipt for the sale proceeds which have then been received by Kids Under Cover.

How much will my vehicle sell for?

All our donated vehicles are sold by Manheim’s experienced auctioneers at their public auctions. Please be aware that regardless of what you believe your car might be worth, the car is worth exactly what someone is prepared to pay for it at auction. This might be more than, equal to or less than you expect.

Will I receive a tax-deductible receipt?

Yes – all donated vehicles are tax deductible! You can expect to receive your tax-deductible receipt for the sale amount of the vehicle at auction within 8-12 weeks of submitting your donation. This will be sent via Australia Post unless otherwise specified.

The date on your receipt will be the date Kids Under Cover received the sale proceeds from your vehicle.

The tax-deductible receipt must be issued in the name of the last/current registered owner of the vehicle.

What is involved in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) valuation process?

All cars valued by the ATO at a current market value of more than $5,000 are eligible for a tax deduction based on the ATO valuation. Below is the ATO valuation process:

• Fill in our online donation form.
• We will email you within 3 business days to discuss eligibility and attach specific paperwork to complete, as well as details about submitting the ATO application fee of $241 (also tax-deductible). Please fill in these forms and send them in the mail to Kids Under Cover.
• We will arrange the collection of your vehicle, which will be stored at Manheim until it has been valued by the ATO. The ATO aims to have most valuations completed within a month.
• Once we receive your hard copy forms, we will sign off on them and send them to the ATO on your behalf.
• The ATO will value your vehicle and send you a Certificate of Valuation.
• Once you have received your Certificate of Valuation, please scan us a copy so we can issue your tax-deductible receipt based on the ATO valuation amount.

** If the ATO value your vehicle at less than $5,000, you are not entitled to a tax deduction based on their valuation and they will not issue you a Certificate of Valuation. For more information about the valuation process please call the Not-for-profit department at the ATO on 1300 130 428 or click here for more info about tax-deductible gifts on the ATO website. **

You cannot receive an ATO valuation prior to deciding whether to proceed with the donation. The ATO only values already donated property.

What happens if my vehicle has finance owing?

Kids Under Cover cannot accept donated vehicles that still have finance owing. Please ensure your contract has been terminated prior to donating the vehicle.

In the event that a donated vehicle is found to have finance owing, you will be contacted by Kids Under Cover.

Can I donate an abandoned car?

No – legally we are not able to accept abandoned vehicles. If there is an abandoned car in your street, please call your local council.


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