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Donate Your Car® is Kids Under Cover’s national fundraising initiative. It’s the hassle-free way to get rid of an unwanted vehicle at no cost to you, while making a valuable tax-deductible donation to help prevent youth homelessness.
The Kids Under Cover office will be closed from midday Friday 21 December until 9am Wednesday 2 January, and will not be scheduling collections during this period. If you’ve submitted a form to Donate Your Car® after Monday 17 December, we will contact you as soon as we can in the New Year to arrange collection.
If you’ve submitted your form and require an urgent collection, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 03 9429 7444 prior to midday Monday 17 December.
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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
We work with Community Service Organisations to identify young people or families who need our help. If you are in crisis, you’ll also find information here about how to get emergency assistance.
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 have previously received cars, vans, motorbikes, scooters, trucks, buses, caravans, boats on trailers – and even tractors! If you are donating a larger vehicle, please also email dimensions (height, width and length) and a photo to email@example.com after completing the donation form. This will help us determine what kind of tow truck is required.
We accept cars that are not able to start, as long as they are easily accessible for the towing service. If your vehicle is parked down a narrow laneway/ driveway, in a garage, or is in another way hard to access, we will either ask if you can re-position the car or request that you send a photo to assess whether we can collect it from its current position.
We also accept cars with minor damage, however, if you are donating a vehicle that has significant accident damage, please email a photo after completing the donation form.
We cannot accept incomplete cars – i.e. they must have an engine and all four wheels. They must also have at least three well-inflated tyres.
Not at all! On the contrary, Kids Under Cover can only sell unregistered vehicles at auction, so it is not a problem if you have already cancelled the registration.
If you want to donate a car that is still registered, you will just need to remove the number plates prior to collection and then take them into your local transport authority to cancel the registration.
Please remove your number plates before the collection day and hand them into your local transport authority.
If your vehicle is still registered at the time of collection, please hand the numberplates in either before, or within 1-2 business days of the pickup, to cancel the remaining registration.
If your registration has lapsed, please surrender the number plates and complete any paperwork as advised by your local transport authority, e.g. notice of disposal.
** If your vehicle is parked on a public road, we recommend removing the plates the evening before, or the morning of, the collection so the council/police don’t mistake your vehicle as being abandoned. **
Most number plates are fastened with standard screws and can be loosened with a standard Philips head/ star-shaped screwdriver.
Anti-theft screws are a bit harder to loosen but can be removed with pliers. Short-nosed pliers work best for grasping the outside of the screw.
The VIN is normally 17 characters long (e.g. 6FPAAAJGWARM30751) and can be found on any registration/insurance documents, as well as on the build plaque in the engine bay or on the passenger side windshield and doorjamb.
The VIN does not contain the letters "I", "O" and "Q". If your vehicle was built prior to 1989, the VIN varies between 11 and 17 characters.
The engine number can be found on the side of the engine or on registration/insurance documents. It may also appear within the first few pages of your owner’s manual.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. As 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 for at-risk young people. We are so grateful for your support, which helps us in our mission to prevent youth homelessness.
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.
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.
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.
No – legally we are not able to accept abandoned vehicles. If there is an abandoned car in your street, please call your local council.