Before you do anything anyone else here has suggested, talk to your
local department of motor vehicles. They deal with this all the time.
In my area (VA), you could:
1. Perform a title search at the DMV.
2. Send a registered letter to the owners.
3. Wait a specified amount of time for them to move it or ignore you.
4. Auction it off to the highest bidder.
5. Fill out the proper form and obtain the title.
Write up an explanation of how you came to posess the vehicle and how
the previous owners have abandoned it, attach copies documenting the
sale of the property it sits on, and submit an affidavit in lieu of
title to the DMV. If the DMV manager agrees, then you get a title.
I've done both successfully.
On 21 Jun 2006 06:27:18 -0700, "The Reverend Natural Light"
I don't know if they still have registered letters, but if so, there
is no difference between a registered letter and a certified letter,
except the first costs more and includes insurance on the contents.
But the letter in question will just be a letter and will no insurable
value. So use certified mail.
A lot of people recommend registered when it's not needed.
I was a mailman in the 60's for one summer, including training.
On Sat, 24 Jun 2006 20:43:17 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
I was a mailman and I was also a worker's comp agent (or some such
title) for the federal government, most of whose employees work for
the post office. I think that was a whole year. It was a frustrating
job. We were voted several years in a row, by Congressional staffers,
the agency that was farthest behind in its work. When most agencies
work on Congressional requests within 2 or 3 days, it took us weeks.
But that was 30 years ago
Yeah, and how do you get the title to it? The advice Joey gave made
the most sense. I'd send a registered letter to the owner and give
them 2 weeks to get it out of there. Then I'd contact a tow company.
It's very likely they will tow it, impound it and if no one shows up to
claim it, they generally have the authority to sell it.
there are procedures for claiming abandoned items left on your property.A
friend of mine had to go through this after he rented a parcel of land to
someone and they moved off abandoning a mobile home and several vehicles.If
you want the van you can try to claim it.If you do not want the van...call a
People rarely abandon working vehicles. Might make a good charitable
donation if proof of ownership can be established.
The solution is as easy as calling the police non emergency number and
asking. In CA you could refer to
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/reg_hdbk_pdf/ch22.pdf your state probably has
In CA any cop can ticket for removal even from private property if it
appears abandoned. The registered owner is financially responsible for the
cost of abatement even if that owner thought they sold it but the third
party did not register. Even without plates they will use the VIN.
You probably have a choice of having it removed and forgetting about it or
taking ownership which will involve paperwork, inspections and associated
fees and unpaid back registration fees.
You had a closing attorney. That is the person to ask.
Why didn't you know the car was there?
I purchased a house in 1971 from an estate. The heir lived
in CA and wanted the house sold. It was completely furnished.
I sold most of the contents to antique dealers. There was a
1949 Desoto in the gargage. Because I had inspected the
property, I knew all of this in advance and my closing attorney
made sure I had title to "all properties not removed." I gave
the car to one of my brothers who refurbished it and held it
until 1989 when he sold it. My share of the proceeds was a
case of Chevis Regal and a case of Drambuie.
Good question. The house was vacated by the seller and later on rented.
When I purchased it there is a tenant. I naturally assumed that it's his
car and never questioned otherwise. It is not until recently when the
tenant informed me that the van has a citation on the windshield that I
asked him "this is not your van?" and he replied "no."
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