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Donate a Car

Support Make-A-Wish® Idaho with a Car Donation

Is your beloved car ready for retirement? It’s been good to you so let it do one more generous act and help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Vehicle Donation F.A.Q.

How do I make a donation?

It’s easy – here’s how it works: call toll free 1-877-278-9664 or 208-375-7965 and speak with one of the Vehicle Donation Specialists at the Idaho Youth Ranch (IYR) – or fill out the form online at

Once you complete the donation request form on the Idaho Youth Ranch website the Auto Center will contact you with all the information. Tell them you want to donate the car to benefit Make-A-Wish® Idaho and they will get the process started!


Does a vehicle need to be running to be eligible for donation?

No, your vehicle does not need to be running.


What paperwork is needed?

You need to have a clear title for the vehicle (in your name with no lien) and a form of identification.


Does the person donating get a receipt for the donation?

Yes, you will receive a receipt for your donation when all paperwork is complete.


What can a person who is donating claim as a deduction?

There are several options. Please call the Idaho Youth Ranch Auto Center at 208-375-7965 or 877-278-9664 to decide what is best for you.


Do I get an Idaho state tax credit?

Yes, there is an Idaho State tax credit for donating to a youth organization, and Idaho Youth Ranch is a qualified entity.


What does Make-A-Wish® Idaho do with the donated vehicle?

Make-A-Wish® Idaho partners with the Idaho Youth Ranch Auto Center to facilitate all vehicle donations.  The IYR is a licensed Idaho automobile dealer and has a retail car lot in Boise.  IYR retails the donated vehicles (as opposed to an out of state for-profit company that disposes of the cars at a wholesale auto auction) so all the proceeds stay right here in Idaho! Make-A-Wish® Idaho and IYR share the (after cost of sale) revenue from the retail sale.


Does the person donating have to be with the vehicle at the time of pickup? And who does the pickup?

No, nobody has to be with the vehicle.  As long as it is accessible to pick up, IYR will arrange a time for pick up while you are at the office completing the donation paperwork.


How much money does Make-A-Wish® Idaho receive for the donation?

The amount received by Make-A-Wish® Idaho depends on how much the vehicle sells for. Once a vehicle is sold, Make-A-Wish® Idaho and IYR share the (after cost of sale) revenue from the retail sale.
Make-A-Wish® Idaho
310 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 345-9474