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How to Get Rid of Abandoned Cars

When you think of an eye sore outside, you probably think of things such as uncut lawns, spray paint, or even abandoned cars.  If you have a car that has been sitting there for a few days, or even weeks, you’re probably sick of looking at it, and I don’t blame you!  Without action, you’re going to find that it’s going to sit there for a rather long time.

If you want to get rid of the abandoned car,  there are some things that you can do to get rid of it within 24 to 48 hours.

Do you live in a condo or an apartment complex?

If you live in an apartment complex, you’re going to want to talk with them first.  Explain the situation, and they will generally tell you what’s best.  What they will do is usually call up the police department, or put a note on the car itself.  Since all complexes work with local tow companies, they will tow after 48 hours, as long as they give a warning.

Check your local state laws

If you contact your police department’s non emergency number, they will usually tell you the process that they take.  What they do most of the time is come out, run the plates, as well as place a sticker on the window.  If the car isn’t removed within 48 hours, they will send a tow truck out at the driver’s expense.  99% of the time, you won’t be held responsible for the towing of the car (unless you own it).

Keep in mind that some local cities won’t do anything about a car that just sits on your property.  Depending on your local city, some local police officers may state that it’s your own responsibility while others will help assist you with getting rid of the car on your property.

When to contact the police

If the car is within the city and you don’t own the car, you will find that police will be able to tag the car.  If the car hasn’t been moved for more than ten to fifteen days, the city will impound the car.  Keep in mind that cops get a lot of calls in regards to abandoned vehicles, so it’s best to follow the advice above and call the non-emergency line and report the issue.  Once the cops tow the car, the junkyard will charge the registered own via certified mail.

If you own it – scrap it

If you own the car, and you just don’t want it anymore, you’re going to want to make sure that you have the title.  What you will do then is just throw an ad up on sites such as Craigslist.  What you will find out is that a scrapyard owner will be at your doorstep within minutes.  If you want to even put a little price tag on it, you will find that you can sell it rather easily.  Just make sure that you state the condition that it is in, as well as that they need to tow it themselves.

Getting rid of an abandoned car isn’t all that hard.  By following these simple steps, and following the laws, that car should be gone within a week.


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