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How to turn old cars into new trees!

Do you have a car sitting in your driveway that's less than road-worthy? Are you looking for a way to declutter your life and give back to the environment? Donate your old car to TreeUtah through https://careasy.org/nonprofit/treeutah

By donating your car to TreeUtah, you’re turning cars into trees! CARS will accept most vehicles, running or not. As long as it’s in one piece, has an engine, and towable, they’ll be able to take your old vehicle at no cost to you.

The TreeUtah staff got hands-on experience with the process when we retired our well-used Ford Ranger (RIP) back in 2022 and we can confirm they make the donation process as easy as taking the trash out. In fact, it might be even easier. Then, we got a check in the mail not long after and bought some trees!

How it Works

CARS has partnered with reputable car donation organizations across the country, making the donation process quick and hassle-free. Here's how it works:

Easy Online Donation: Visit the charity donation page by clicking here and the user-friendly platform will guide you through the process. After getting started with your donation online, a rep will get in touch to coordinate towing.

Free Towing: You won't have to worry about towing your car – the donation program arranges for free pickup from nearly anywhere in Utah.

Benefit TreeUtah: The proceeds from your tax-deductible donation will go directly to TreeUtah, helping fund awesome tree planting events, educational opportunities, and statewide environmental stewardship.

CARS is intent on turning any vehicle into funds to support good causes, so they do their best to accept any possible vehicle running or not, including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, campers, off-road vehicles, planes, heavy equipment, and farm machinery. Chances are pretty good that they’ll be able to take any rust bucket you’ve got, but give them a call to check, if you have any concerns!

While this inventive way of donating to nonprofits is exciting and convenient, not everyone has an old vehicle to donate. There are many ways to help support our mission, including good ol’ monetary donations, the donation of physical items (gloves, tarps, buckets, etc.), or by joining us at one of our volunteer tree planting events! Whatever you’ve got to give, we’re grateful for it and so are the neighbors whose streets you’re making greener by helping us make Utah a more tree-filled place.

To learn more about ways to give, visit TreeUtah.org/give