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116 Browns Hill Road, Suite 400 Valencia, PA  16059

Donor Information


The Lighthouse Foundation's Community Auto LICO is a Low-Income Car Ownership program and operates as a non-profit car dealership that accepts donated cars, has them inspected and repaired when mechanically and fiscally feasible, and then sells them at a discount to qualified low-income families and individuals.  The cost of most of our vehicles ranges from $2,000.00 - $3,500.00, which in most cases is 25-50% below suggested retail values.


Many organizations accept donated vehicles, but…


Community Auto LICO is the only program in Western Pennsylvania

with the mission to put donated vehicles back into the hands of members of

your community in Allegheny and its surrounding counties.


Research supports the idea that within the first year of vehicle ownership, a reliable vehicle can lead to increases of an individual’s earning potential to $4,500.00 or more. The independence gained by owning a vehicle translates to working more hours beyond a bus schedule, working a shift where a differential is paid, pursuing a better paying job that may not be on a bus route.  This opportunity presents itself when no longer having to rely on family or friends for a ride to work.  Vehicle ownership also allows more time for accomplishing everyday tasks such as going to the laundromat, grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments and attending children’s after school activities – things that many of us take for granted if we have always had a vehicle at our disposal.


Once you decide to donate your vehicle, we will schedule a time that is convenient for your schedule to make the donation.  The entire process takes about five minutes.  We will come to you to handle the title transfer or you can bring the car and title to our office – whatever is most convenient for you.  All we need from you is the title and the keys.  You should remove all personal items from the vehicle.  Once we transfer the title to The Lighthouse Foundation and the Community Auto program, you are able to cancel the insurance that you have on the vehicle.   It’s that simple.


Your vehicle donation could allow you to receive the maximum allowable tax deduction available because we are the only organization in Western Pennsylvania that attempts to put the vehicle in the hands of working, low-income families and individuals.


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