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Donate your car (or other vehicle) to COTAP!

COTAP has partnered with CARS!  Founded in 2003, CARS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and well-respected leader in the vehicle donation space that has supported over 3,500 nonprofits.  CARS accepts many different types of vehicles as noted in the “Important Notes” section below.


How it Works


  • Call CARS at 855-500-RIDE (7433) or complete the form at https://careasy.org/carbon-offsets-to-alleviate-poverty–COTAP
  • Provide COTAP’s IRS charity number 27-4220630.
  • Let them know whether you want your donation proceeds to go to:

    • Offsetting to all COTAP Projects (COTAP receives 10% of net proceeds),
    • Offsetting to one specific COTAP Project (COTAP receives 10% of net proceeds), or
    • COTAP’s operations (COTAP receives 100% of net proceeds)
  • That’s it…  CARS does EVERYTHING else, from vehicle pickup to donation receipt!
  • If you expect that your vehicle will sell for more than $500, please have your Tax Identification Number available so that CARS can prepare the IRS form 1098-C ($500 to $5k) or 8283 ($5k+) for you, as applicable.

Important Notes


  • U.S. residents only.
  • In addition to automobiles, CARS also accepts trucks, trailers, boats, RV’s, motorcycles, off road vehicles, heavy equipment and other motorized vehicles.
  • Vehicles do not have to be in operational condition.
  • Your ability to claim a 2020 tax year deduction depends on when you call or submit the online form, NOT when your car is picked up, sold, etc.  If you donate by December 31st 2020, you’ll have this info by the time you file your 2020 income tax return.
  • The value of your donated vehicle does not need to be established at the time of donation.
  • For tax purposes, please use receipts and donation value provided by CARS, not the offsetting acknowledgement and net amount received by COTAP.
  • CARS is partnered with many vehicle “auction houses” across the U.S.  Vehicles generally take between 4-13 weeks to be fully processed (from pickup to tax receipt).
  • If a CARS partner auction house determines that the highest bid is significantly below a vehicle’s value, then they reserve the right to reject the winning bid and auction the car again.
  • CARS’ partner auction houses typically take $80-$140 for towing/auctioning, and CARS takes 30% after that.
  • CARS’ percentage goes down to 25% after 50 cars are donated to COTAP, and down to 20% after 100 cars are donated.
  • Other questions?  Please see CARS’ FAQ and/or contact us at info at cotap dot org.

A Case Study…


On June 7th, 2020, a donor from Atlanta, Georgia called the above number and pledged to donate a 2013 Buick Encore with 190,879 miles on it.  They stipulated that the net proceeds go towards offsetting with our Uganda partner project – Trees for Global Benefits.  The car was picked up on June 10th and on June 18th it was sold at auction for $3,200.  Selling expenses were $70 for towing, $50 for auction fees, and $2.78 misc.  That left $3,077.22, 30% of which CARS charges as its fee.

On July 2nd, COTAP received payment from CARS for $2,154.05.  At our offsetting rate of $15/tonne, the donor is offsetting 143.603 tonnes to our partner project in Uganda, which will receive $1,938.65.

So, not only did the donor get rid of a car they no longer wanted/needed, they’ll also got a tax deduction (assuming they itemize!).  Further, they’re addressing their unavoidable carbon emissions, helping to restore landscapes in Uganda, and creating income for rural communities.

Speaking of carbon emissions, the 143.603 tonnes offset more than compensates for the carbon emissions generated by the donated car.  Plugging the above 190,879 miles and 25 mpg (we Googled it) into our calculator yielded 67.18 tonnes.