Fairfax Host Lions Club
Vehicle Donation Program


Get a tax break and help your community.  Fairfax Host Lions Club operates its' own Vehicle Donation Program.  Our Program generates more charitable funds than other programs because we pick-up, handle and sell all donated vehicles ourselves.  100% of the net proceeds go back to help our local community.  You get a tax deduction up to the limits allowed by the IRS.  Everybody benefits. 


The IRS has changed the way you can deduct a vehicle donation as of January 1, 2005. You used to be able to deduct the fair market value of the vehicle at the time of the deduction – but no more. The new rules allow the donor to deduct only the amount the Charity receives for the vehicle. Most Charities do nothing more than wholesale or auction off their donations, resulting in limited income and a limited tax deduction to the donor. There are exceptions to the rule and that is where your donation to the Lions Vehicle Donation Program is different!


One of the exceptions to the new IRS regulations allows donors to still deduct the fair market value of their vehicle, provided the Charity “materially improves the vehicle”. Since we run the program ourselves, are discriminating in the vehicles we choose, repair and materially improve vehicles that we accept, and sell at retail most of the vehicles we get, the donor is still able to deduct the fair market value of the vehicle donation from their taxes. Some donations may not qualify for this exemption based on condition. Of course, you need to consult your tax advisor on any tax issues.


Your vehicle is taken to the donation processing center in Chantilly, VA for assessment. We have the capability to repair or perform maintenance and get the donated vehicle ready for sale. Provided the vehicle is repairable for less than what we could sell it for, your vehicle is repaired and given a fresh VA state inspection. The vehicle is then marketed through various means and sold to a buyer in need of a good used vehicle. We’ve even had vehicle donors in need of a new vehicle purchase recently donated and repaired vehicles!


The mission of the Fairfax Host Lions Club is to serve our neighbors and our community, to help those less fortunate, and to raise funds to finance our charitable programs. In addition to our commitment to aid those in need of sight and hearing assistance, we also perform other regular community activities.

It’s not all work. We build FUN into every activity. Accordingly, our fundraisers and community activities are less demanding and keep our members interested. We have a family picnic each September, a silent auction in February, a Holiday Dinner in December and many different events with our spouses and families throughout the year.


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