How to Purchase a Donated Vehicle

When Goodwill of Greater Washington receives car donations, the cars are sent to Capital Auto Auction to be sold. After the vehicles are sold, Goodwill receives the proceeds from the sale to use for job training and employment programs. So, when a donor makes a car donation, we arrange to have the car towed directly to Capital Auto Auction. Once they arrive at the auction, they are thoroughly cleaned and inspected then scheduled to be sold in the next auction.

Capital Auto Auction is one of the biggest auto auctions in the Washington D.C. area and has been open since 1989. Since opening, they have sold thousands of donated vehicles in the Greater Washington D.C. area.

Capital Auto Auction is open to the public so anyone is welcome to come to the auction and purchase a donated car. The auction receives all types of donated vehicles including cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, boats, motorcycles, mopeds, riding lawn mowers and more. Each auction includes cars for every budget and need.

Auction Locations

In the Washington D.C. area, Capital Auto Auction has two locations – one in Northeast DC and the other in Temple Hills, Maryland. The Live/Drive auction in Washington D.C. is held every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am and the Live/Drive auction in Temple Hills is held every Saturday Morning at 9:00 am.

If you are unable to attend either of the live auctions on Saturday mornings, you can also participate in the online auction, which is held every Saturday at 2:00 pm. The online auction is free and open public and includes donated vehicles as well as F.B.I. fleet vehicles, new car dealer trade-ins and bank repossessions.

Information about both auction locations is below:

Capital Auto Auction – Washington, DC
1905 Brentwood Road, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Phone: 202-269-3361

Auction Time: Live/Drive Auction – Every Saturday at 10:00 am

Capital Auto Auction – Temple Hills, MD
5001 Beech Road
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Phone: 301-316-4980

Auction Time: Live/Drive Auction – Every Saturday at 9:00 am

The Online Auction is held every Saturday at 2:00pm.

If you are interested in learning more about Capital Auto Auction, you can also visit their website here.

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