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CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services)

CARS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of San Diego, California. Founded in 2003 as a means to provide additional funding to the programs and services of Jewish Family Service, CARS soon began accepting vehicle donations to help other nonprofits raise extra revenue. What began as a company of just a few employees accepting around 3 vehicle donations per day, has grown into a well- respected leader in the car donation industry. Today, we are partnered with over 3,500 nonprofits with the vision of expanding our fundraising efforts so that we can continue to provide additional revenue to these amazing nonprofit organizations. CARS' success to date stems from our dedication to exceptional customer service, our ability to maximize each donation, and the extensive marketing content we create and distribute to our partners to help promote their programs.

CARS "On the Go"

On the Go is a program dedicated to providing transportation solutions to adults 60 years and older in the San Diego community. "On the Go" was created after the lack of easy, accessible, and affordable transportation options for senior citizens was recognized. The program offers independence and mobility by providing rides to fun community excursions, religious and cultural events, personal appointments, and so much more.

Our Philosophy

Our partner's donors have been and will always be the most important key to our organizations success. We treat donors as the most important aspect of our organization, because they are. Your generosity keeps thousands of nonprofits open that make the world a better place. CARS truly appreciates your contribution to the cause you love. Without you, we would not be in business.

CARS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the goal to support any IRS recognized nonprofit through a partnership in the vehicle donation segment of their fundraising. CARS anti-discrimination policy mandates impartiality regardless of the nonprofit’s mission.


CARS' core value for both donor and partner solely revolves around gratitude. Always delivering exceptional customer service and lifetime donor engagement remains the top priority in how CARS helps partners run their programs. All donations are considered a "heartfelt" gift that contributes to CARS nonprofit partner's valuable missions. The more impactful relationships that CARS develops with your supporters; the more successful your overall program and funding will be.

CARS also maintains the standard of gratitude for our own employees in every office. CARS not only helps each employee grow their career, but also values each individual on a personal and team level. The comradery and respect between employees aids in the success of the organization as well as the superior service that donors receive when gifting partners vehicles.

The time and care that CARS dedicates to our donors and partners has made our nonprofit an industry leader in the donation world. Your success is our success and we truly appreciate your partnership!

To see how CARS manages it funds, view our 2017 990 Public Discure Form.