No matter how it got there, an abandoned car on your property is almost always a problem, particularly if you’re not sure who left it there in the first place. Putting aside just how much of an annoyance and eyesore they can be, an abandoned vehicle on your property can also raise several questions.
Can you remove it without causing legal issues? Is it considered yours or does it belong to the original owner? Is breaking into the car to remove it from your property a crime?
Because of these and many questions, it can be hard to decide what to do about an abandoned car on your property, so we at payless registration have come up with a small guide to follow if this happens to you.
The easiest, and kindest, thing to do is to ask around your neighborhood to figure out if someone knows who owns the car in question. This can be an annoying step, but if you find the owner, you’ll be able to get the vehicle removed with no expenses whatsoever.
If you live on a large property with no neighbors or feel unsafe asking around, you can move on to step two.
Reporting the abandoned vehicles to the authorities is the smartest thing you can do if you can’t find the owner, since there’s always a chance that the abandoned vehicle was stolen or used to commit a crime. Call the police and give them all the information you have about the car.
Even if no one is looking for the vehicle, calling the police will start a paper trail that can prove that you tried to find the owner, which can come in helpful if the owner shows up once the vehicle is removed. Keep in mind, though, that there’s a good chance that the police won’t remove the vehicle if they’re not looking for it.
After contacting the police, you should also contact your local DMV offices to let them know about the abandoned vehicle, as if the vehicle was registered with the state of California, they’ll be able to find the owner. As with contacting the police, there is no guarantee that contacting the DMV will get the vehicle removed from your property, though.
Once you’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s, you’re ready to call a towing agency to get the vehicle removed from your property. Unsurprisingly, this will come at an extra cost to you.
You’ll be happy to know, though, that there’s another way you can remove an abandoned car from your property with minimal hassle.
As a DMV-licensed company, Payless can help you with all of your DMV transactions. From impounds, abandoned vehicles, and auctions, Payless can help you figure out who the owner is, whether there’s a lien on the vehicle, and, better yet, can get it removed from your property with almost no input on your part.
Title transfers, registration, renewals, lien sales, temporary moving permits, auto insurance, and more are just a quick phone call away when you work with Payless Registration Services.