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Old 03-30-2009, 02:30 PM
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Abandoned vehicle

Hi, If the vehicle is abandoned in your property and the owner is no were to be found how do I get it re-register or even moved? any ideas I'm in california.....

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Report it to local police dept.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:35 PM
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Hi, If the vehicle is abandoned in your property and the owner is no were to be found how do I get it re-register or even moved? any ideas I'm in california.....
Don't know about California, but in CT the police won't have anything to do with abandoned vehicles on private property. As far as getting ownership of the car, can't be done in this state unless you have a dealers, repairers, or dismantlers license. Then you need to have the vehicle on your property for a minimum of 30 days, then file abandoned MV paperwork with the state. Takes another 6~8 weeks. At that time, depending on the value of the vehicle (over $150) you have to place ads in all the local papers for the public auction you will need to hold. Then your agent needs to be the highest bidder.
What kind of car is it? Is it worth anything?
If you just want it gone, call the local auto salvage yard. They will charge you for the tow, but then it is their problem. It is much easier for them to have the vehicle declared abandoned, VIN processed as destroyed, and then scrap the car.

Absolutely easiest way to make it go away, push it out into the street. Then you don't have to pay for the tow or in any way have your name associated with the car.
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Those kind of cars roll into the street pretty easily around here.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:52 PM
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California has an unclaimed property law that states all abandoned property belongs to: The State of Californicateya, of course! But then again, you may find a loop hole, look here:


http://www.sco.ca.gov/ucp_lawregs.html
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:54 PM
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Those kind of cars roll into the street pretty easily around here.
Back home in Massachusetts, the proper way to deal with it is take an insurance policy out on it using the VIN, then simply set fire to it in the street. I certainly would never recommend such an act.
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I live in Arlington County, VA and they are very pickey about abandoned vehicles (good source of revenue). Just call the county where you live and report it whee I live once it's reported it takes about 24 hours before its gone......
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:06 PM
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In many states this sort of thing is covered by littering laws. I used to attend Police auctions in the city of Dallas and all the cars were sold under the litter abatement act.

At one time the law read 'The citites' title defeats all others' and you were not given title to the car; you were given application for a title just like it was a new car. The old title was destroyed and a new title was issued.

I would start with a call to the local police department and see what they advise since the laws are different for every state in one way or another.
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here in iowa.you have to send a registered letter to the owners last known address.if it comes back,then you contact the dept of transportation and apply for a new title,what this involves is taking a paper and pencil and etching the vin number on the paper,then a guy from the d.o.t. will come and verify the number.you then have to bond it for 1 1/2 times the value of the vehicle and hold it for 3 yrs.you then get a clear title.
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What car is it? Pics? Is it worth taking ownership?
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:37 PM
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Push the sucker into the street so its blocking traffic, than go to work. It will be gone.
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I don't know about the People's Republic of California. In Nevada, if a vehicle sits on your property for five days, then you can do a property owner release and have the local junk yard haul it off. After that, it's their problem.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:46 AM
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Depends on whats abbondoned I suppose....brand new BMW? I'll find a way to sell it. Some beater? Haul it down to the scrap yard for some quick cash....old Mercedes? A new source of spare parts




Theres a thought. You know how people tie horses to a post at a farm when they can't afford to take care of them anymore? Has anyone here ever had an old Benz dumped on their front lawn simply because you have 5 or 6 already?
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I'd sell it to a junk yard.
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I'd sell it to a junk yard.
In most, if not all states, you can't junk a car without a title, else car thieves would be in line down at the junk yard.

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