Donate a Vehicle
Your vehicle donation is a fast and convenient way to
support the Kansas City Automotive Museum accomplish its mission to entertain and educate all generations through the preservation, promotion, and display of Kansas City’s rich automotive heritage.
Top 10 reasons to donate to the Kansas City
Bring tourism to Kansas City
Support your local community
Connect with other enthusiasts
Memorialize a family member or friend
Bring a world-class automotive museum to Kansas City
Help celebrate and continue Kansas City’s rich automotive heritage and preserve its history
Help preserve the current and future rotating collections
Become a part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to enhance our facilities, exhibits, and educational opportunities
Help keep the museum doors open — Statistically, around 85% of automotive museums keep their doors open through private donations and events
Receive a tax deduction — The Kansas City Automotive Museum is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Is the Museum a 501 (C)(3) Corporation?
The Kansas City Automotive Museum is an IRS approved 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Every donor is given a written acknowledgment for their donation(s).
Where will my donation go?
Your donation will support the Collections and Educational Departments. The Curatorial Staff will determine where your donation will benefit the Museum most.
Will my donation be on exhibit?
While we intend to display every items donated to us, we cannot guarantee that it will be exhibited. In telling the story of Kansas City’s local automotive history, with limited display space, we can only show a percentage of what is donated. It is however available to anyone who is researching and would like a special tour of the archives.
Will I be notified if my donation goes on exhibit?
Yes, you will be notified by e-mail in the event your donation is displayed.
Will my donation be credited if it is placed on exhibit?
Donors can choose what their credit will read. For example. “Gift of Mr. John Smith” or “Donated in memory of John Smith”.
Can I see my items if they are not on display?
Donors are welcome to see their items if they are not displayed. Please call the Curatorial Staff to set up an appointment.
What does the Museum do with a donated vehicle?
The Kansas City Automotive Museum intends to use all donated vehicles for educational programs or exhibits.
Does the Museum accept vehicles with restrictions?
The Museum will not accept any vehicles with restrictions.
Does it matter what condition my vehicle is in?
The Curatorial Staff will determine if your donation is suitable for our use. The condition of the vehicle alone does not determine its acceptance.
What paperwork do I need in order to donate?
The only paperwork we would need is a signed title in the name of the donor without a lien.
What if I lost my title?
You need to get a duplicate from your state’s registry. We cannot accept any vehicle without a title.
Can I receive a tax deduction on my vehicle donation?
We encourage you to speak with a professional and review the IRS Publication 4303: A Donor’s Guide to Vehicle Donations to see if you qualify for a deduction.
Will the Museum sell my car?
The Kansas City Automotive Museum intends to use all donated vehicles for educational programs or exhibits, however because of the limited space it is likely that the vehicle will be sold at some point.
Does the Museum cover costs associated with my donation (tow services, transfer fees, etc.)?
We typically do not cover any costs. If you have specific questions regarding your donation please contact our Curatorial Staff at 913-322-4227.
How is the value of my vehicle determined?
The maximum amount you can deduct on your income tax return is the fair market value of your car. Fair market value is the price a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept for the car, when neither party is compelled to buy or sell, and both parties have reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts.
For more information refer to IRS Publication 561: Determining the Value of Donated Property.
Will I need to have my car appraised for a vehicle donation?
IRS rules that any vehicle valued over $5,000 needs to be appraised within 60 days of being donated. A copy of this appraisal must be submitted to the Museum to accept the donation.
Does the Museum appraise vehicles?
No. The IRS considers such activity by a 501 (c)(3) a conflict of interest. We can recommend vehicle appraisers upon request.
When is the latest I can donate a vehicle and still qualify for a tax deduction for that year?
Vehicle donations committed to the Museum by midnight of December 31st are considered as donations for that year.
Do you accept anything other than cars?
We encourage you to check out the Curator’s Wishlist for items we are currently accepting donations for. If there is an item not listed on the Wish List, but you think would be valuable to our collection, please contact our Curatorial Staff at 913-322-4227.
I am ready to donate, how do I start the process?
The first step is filling out our donation application. The Curatorial Staff will contact you soon after submission.
I don’t want to donate now, however I would like to donate in the future. Do I need to notify the Museum of my future gift?
We ask that if you intend to leave a future gift to the Museum that you notify us by filling out the Notice of Planned Gift form.