Is it a good idea to donate a motorcycle for charity?

Bradley Layne

Will they use it?

Mike Gurley

I think you have the wrong idea about vehicle donations. Most charities that accept donated vehicles aren’t looking for cars and motorcycles they can use directly. The goal is to generate funds for their causes, so once donated, the vehicle is either sold or scrapped for parts, depending on its value and condition. In other words, they’ll liquidate the asset.

And yes, if you are looking to make a difference, donating a motorcycle is just as useful as making a car donation. And most charities that accept cars will also accept motorcycles, as well as boats, RVs, and various other vehicles. You can find a charity that accepts vehicle donations in your area with the help of and other registries like it.

Keep in mind that once the vehicle has been liquidated, the charity will send you a tax-deductible receipt for the amount of money they were able to get for the motorcycle you donated. Which makes donating old vehicles a financially viable alternative to selling them.