DRIVE FOR LIFE. DONATE A VEHICLE.

The easy way to sell your vehicle and see the profits go to a great cause.

Do you have a used vehicle in your driveway you no longer want? Would you like it to be removed quickly and easily? Donate your vehicle to Slattery and the proceeds of the sale will go directly to The Salvation Army’s Drive for Life program.

Drive for Life is a driver training and mentoring program for young people overcoming adversity. We want to make positive changes in their lives and need your support!

Drive for Life believes all young people should have the opportunity to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Having a driver’s licence is a key milestone in a young person’s life and helps them move towards independence. Being able to drive gives young people the choice and control necessary to realise their education, employment, and housing goals.

All vehicle donations are completely tax-deductible.

Please ensure your vehicle does not have an active recall or any finance owing prior to filling out the form.

5 Easy Steps to Donate Your Vehicle

Complete our donation form
We’ll be in touch within 3 business days to confirm your details and arrange the collection
Remove the number plates before your collection
Our tow trucks will come to collect your vehicle (you don’t have to be there) and take it to our auction partner Slattery for auction
We’ll send you a tax-deductible receipt within 8-12 weeks to thank you for your donation. Too easy

If you think your vehicle has a current market value of over $5,000, you are eligible for a valuation by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Your tax-deductible receipt will then be based on the ATO valuation amount.

How to Fill Out the Form:

Have the contact information of the person organising collection of the vehicle ready, as well as the location of the vehicle ready to be provided.
Have the details of the (current or previous) registration ready – this includes the VIN! (VEHICLE IDENTIFACTION NUMBER normally found on the windscreen of your vehicle)
Check if the vehicle is starting, and upload photos of any extensive damage to your device so they can be submitted with the form

All vehicles donated are sold unregistered and without roadworthy. We request that registration plates are removed and handed back to your transport authority no more than 2 days after the collection of your vehicle. All vehicles will be sold via public auction, any transferral of ownership is to be done with the advisement of your transport authority. The Salvation Army does not take on ownership of any donated vehicle and are not the new owner of the vehicle. Please read our terms and conditions.

Why Donate a Vehicle?

We accept vehicles, vans, motorbikes, trucks, buses, tractors, boats on trailers, and more. Slattery Auctions, in partnership with The Salvation Army, will put your vehicle up for auction. The proceeds from the sale will then go towards teaching young people experiencing adversity, how to drive.

The Drive for Life program primarily supports young people aged between 16-25 who are experiencing or have previously experienced:

  • No access to a vehicle or support from a parent
  • Limited or no formal education
  • Long term unemployment
  • Homelessness
  • Cultural barriers
  • Mental health issues
  • Physical disabilities
  • Alcohol and other drug (AOD) dependencies

Drive for Life is for young adults aged 16-25 years who want to get their driver licence and who are experiencing or have previously experienced:

  • Difficulty accessing a vehicle or licensed supervising driver
  • Long term unemployment
  • Numeracy/literacy constraints
  • Mental health illness
  • Physical disabilities.

What support might a young person receive?

LICENCE- LIFE SKILLS- EMPLOYMENT

  • Structured and professional driving instruction
  • Support from an experienced mentor to develop safe driving practices
  • Develop independent life skills in a safe and supportive environment
  • A pathway towards education or employment

Drive for Life is a learn-to-drive program with a difference. Not only do we support young people learn to drive; we improve wellbeing and confidence, connect communities through our mentoring program and provide a pathway towards a better future.

Your vehicle donation is 100% tax–deductible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of vehicles do you accept?
We accept vehicles, vans, motorbikes, vehicle, vans, trucks, buses, tractors, boats on trailers, and much more. Have a different vehicle? Contact us to find out if we can accept your donation.
What areas does Donate Your Vehicle service?
We collect vehicles within metropolitan Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane. If your vehicle is located more than one hour’s drive from one of these areas, contact us to find out if we can collect from your location.
How long will it take for my vehicle to be picked up?
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.
Do I need to be there for the collection of my vehicle?
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.
Who will collect my vehicle?
All transport is organised by through our auction partner Slattery. They use a variety of fully-licensed and insured towing companies to pick up vehicles 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.
Will I receive any paperwork at collection?
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 vehicle 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 Salvation Army.
How much will my vehicle sell for?
All our donated vehicles are sold by Slattery’s experienced auctioneers at their public auctions. Please be aware that regardless of what you believe your vehicle might be worth, the vehicle 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.
Will I receive a tax-deductible receipt?
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 Salvation Army 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.
What is involved in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) valuation process?
All vehicles 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 Salvation Army.
  • We will arrange the collection of your vehicle, which will be stored at Slattery 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.
What happens if my vehicle has finance owing?
Salvation Army 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 Salvation Army.
Can I donate an abandoned vehicle?
No – legally we are not able to accept abandoned vehicles. If there is an abandoned vehicle in your street, please call your local council.

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