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Moving overseas? Wanting to go carless? Thinking about upgrading your business vehicles? Or do you simply have a car, boat or even bus that you no longer need?
Our Donate Your Car® program offers an easy, fast and free alternative to selling or trading your car, van or other vehicle. Your donation is tax deductible and will help us prevent a young person from becoming homeless.
Please note; our form works on all devices but is best on desktop using Google Chrome or Safari.
Do you want to know more about the vehicle collection, the auctions or the tax deductibility? Visit our FAQs below.
Phone (03) 9429 7444
Freecall 1800 801 633
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A little of your time can make a big difference to someone in need. Volunteers and community fundraisers are crucial to our work.
You can help break the cycle of disadvantage and prevent youth homelessness. Your donation today will help carers provide young people at risk with a stable and secure environment and improve their connection to school, family and community.
There are a lot of misconceptions about homelessness and who it affects. One certainty is that prevention is better than cure.
We can definitely collect your vehicle if it is located within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Perth, Hobart or Adelaide.
If your vehicle is located outside this area, more than one hour drive from the metropolitan area, please call us on 1800 801 633, before you cancel your registration, to make sure we can collect the vehicle from your location.
We accept cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles, caravans and boats on trailers, in almost all conditions.. Vehicles must be complete and have no more than two flat tyres.
If you are donating a van, truck, caravan or boat, please email dimensions and a photo to email@example.com after filling in the donation form. This will help us determine what kind of tow truck is required for the collection of your vehicle.
If you are donating a vehicle that has extensive damage from an accident, we may also ask for a photograph of the damaged area to ensure a carrier will be able to safely collect the vehicle.
No, Kids Under Cover can only sell unregistered vehicles.
Cancelling the registration is easy. All you need to do is call or visit your state Vehicle Registration Authority and tell them that you would like to cancel your registration. There is no need to sign over ownership as we can only sell the vehicle unregistered. If your vehicle is still registered, you should be able to get a refund of your registration if you hand in your number plates. If you are getting a refund it is however essential to cancel the registration within a day or two of the collection.
Please remove the number plates before the tow truck arrives. If your vehicle is parked on a public road, it is best to remove them on the morning of the collection or the night before. This way you won’t alert the council or police who may otherwise think the vehicle is abandoned.
Kids Under Cover cannot accept vehicles with finance owing. Please ensure your contract has been terminated prior to donating the vehicle.
The VIN can be found on the vehicle's registration label, on the build plaque in the engine bay or on the passenger side windshield and doorjamb. It also appears on registration and insurance documents. The VIN is always 17 characters long (e.g. 6FPAAAJGWARM30751) and the letters "I", "O" and "Q" never appear in a VIN. If your vehicle was built prior to 1989, the VIN varies between 11 and 17 characters.
Unfortunately we are not able to accept abandoned vehicles. If there is an abandoned car in your street, please call your local council.
Once we have received your donation form, we will contact you within 3-5 business days to organise the collection of your vehicle. We need to give the transport companies at least 3 full business days' notice, so the process from filling in the donation form to your car being collected will take approximately one week. If you need to have the car collected immediately, please call us and we will see what we can do for you.
All transport is organised by our partners at Manheim . They use a variety of transport companies to pick up cars from across the country, so we will not be able to give you their contact details. You will receive a courtesy call prior to the collection of your vehicle. This call may be the day before the collection or at the latest by 10am on the morning of the collection. .
If you are unable to answer they will usually leave a voicemail. Please call Kids Under Cover on 1800 801 633 if you have not received a courtesy call from the transport company by 10am on the morning of the collection so we can follow up for you.
No, you do not have to be there. There is no need to stay at home all day or take a day off work. You can discuss the collection and access details with the transport company directly when they call you to confirm the collection.
Kids Under Cover uses fully licensed and insured towing services, organised by Manheim. They will also mention to you that they are collecting for Kids Under Cover. To ensure that your vehicle has been towed to our auction site you can also contact Kids Under Cover on 1800 801 633.
You won't receive a receipt from the tow truck driver but you will receive a tax deductible receipt once your vehicle has been sold and the proceeds have been received by Kids Under Cover. If you would like to confirm that your vehicle has arrived at the auction site, you are welcome to contact Kids Under Cover on 1800 801 633.
Yes! All donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for the sale amount vehicle is sold for at auction.
There are two options on the donation form. These are: 1. "I authorize Manheim to act as an agent on my behalf and to donate the proceeds of the sale of my vehicle to Kids Under Cover." Select this option if you believe your vehicle is valued under $5000 at auction. You will then receive a tax deductible receipt for the amount the vehicle is sold for at auction.
2. "I wish to donate my vehicle to Kids Under Cover and I will have my vehicle valued by the ATO." Select this option if you believe your vehicle is valued at $5000 or more. In this case you will receive a Tax deductible receipt based on an ATO valuation of the vehicle. Please see below for more details on the ATO valuation process to see if you are eligible.
The tax deductible receipt will be issued in the name of the registered owner of the vehicle.
All cars valued by the ATO at more than $5,000 are eligible for a tax deduction based on the ATO valuation. Below is the process for having your vehicle valued by the ATO:
1. Fill in our online donation form.
2. We will call you to arrange the collection of the vehicle and store it at the nearest Manheim site until it has been valued by the ATO. The ATO aims to have most valuations completed within a month.
3. We will send you a Certificate of Donation and a Request for Valuation form along with a Car Appraisal form.
4. Please fill in these forms and send them back to Kids Under Cover along with the non-refundable ATO application fee of $241. In most cases there are no additional fees, however if you are donating a luxury, classic, or special interest vehicle, the ATO might charge a valuation fee. In this case the ATO will advise you in writing of the estimated charge for the valuation. Please note this fee is tax deductible.
5. We will sign and send these forms to the ATO on your behalf.
6. The ATO will value your vehicle and send you a Valuation Certificate.
7. Once you have received your Valuation Certificate, please send us a copy and we will send you a tax deductible receipt based on the ATO valuation amount.
If the ATO value your vehicle at less than $5000, you are not entitled to a tax deduction based on their valuation and they will not issue you a valuation certificate. 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.
Unfortunately the ATO will only value your vehicle once it has been donated to a charitable organisation.
Under normal circumstances, you will receive your tax deductible receipt within 12 weeks of submitting your donation form. The date on your receipt will be the date Kids Under Cover received the proceeds from the donation of your vehicle.
All our donated vehicles are sold by Manheim's experienced auctioneers at their public auctions. Please be aware that regardless of what you think or feel 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.
Your view of its value might be influenced by what you paid for it, what you think it might be worth at private sale, and even its sentimental value. A number of factors can influence what it does sell for; how many bidders are interested, how many similar cars are for sale that day, and whether buyers want a car to restore, for spare parts, or even scrap metal. All cars donated to Kids Under Cover are sold unregistered. Since the buyer will have to gain a roadworthy certificate, that buyer is likely to pay less than if the car was registered and roadworthy.
Although we can’t predict how much your car will sell for, 100% of the sale proceeds go towards building homes and providing scholarships at-risk young people. We are so grateful for your support, which helps us in our mission to prevent youth homelessness.