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Forums » General Foreclosure & Pre-Foreclosure Forums » Car left in garage of property bought at auction

Car left in garage of property bought at auction

18 posts by 14 users


Residential Real Estate Agent · Jacksonville, Florida

A couple days ago I purchased a property at the county foreclosure auction. I went and took a closer look at it after the auction and low and behold there was an old Toyota truck in the garage. The property is vacant with just some garbage left behind elsewhere in the home. My question is how do I go about getting title so I can sell it? There are some engine parts in the garage so I doubt it will run but I'm sure it's worth a couple hundred bucks at least. Has anybody else experienced this?

Real Estate Investor · Fishers, Indiana

call the local police first. I had the same thing happen to me. They need to try and get a hold of the previous owner before you can go about getting title on it. I found it was more hassle than it was worth in my case.

Real Estate Investor · Garland, Texas

What's the risk in calling a scrapper and just being done with it? No title.

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Real Estate Investor · Audubon, Pennsylvania

Unfortunately, vehicles are personal property, and what you have is abandoned personal property. The Dept of Motor Vehicles would be able to track down the VIN or tags to an owner; whether that owner has a current address on file is not guaranteed of course, but if they have a driver's license they just might get a change of address filed. The DMV will probably be better able to advise you how to get title. The junk dealers might not take it without your having title.

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Residential Real Estate Agent · Jacksonville, Florida

That sounds like a pretty good deal. I didn't realize you don't need a title for a scrapper. I'll have my handyman take a look at it and if it's not easily runnable I'd rather just be rid of it. What do they give you for a small truck, $100 - $200?

Real Estate Investor · Houston, Texas

to LEGALLY scrap it you need a title.

Call DMV with VIN, they will attempt to contact owner.

Meanwhile file a mechanics lean on it for storage costs, at the end of 2 months or so depending on your state they will issue you a title if they have not found the owner.

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Real Estate Investor · Oklahoma

I had the same thing happen last month, now I have a new work truck.

Lock it up first. Next check with your state, in Oklahoma I can file for a title 42 after I've had possession of a vehicle for 30 days. There are small companies that will file the paperwork for cheap($75). They send certified mail to lein holders and current registered owners. If any are interested they now have to pay you a storage fee of 30 days to get it back!
If no one comes forward the state will look over the paperwork and issue you a clean title for this truck. Hopefully it just needs a battery like mine did!

Real Estate Investor · Michigan

I evicted a tenant once who left a car in the garage. I called a towing company and they came and got it for free. They will then send a letter to the owner that they can recover it. Otherwise, it will be auctioned off. I don't think you will see any money from it unless you go through all of the steps to get the title. Probably not worth it.

Real Estate Investor · Virginia, DC &, Maryland

You could "accidentally" roll it onto the street and then call parking enforcement to report an abandon vehicle. Sounds like the easiest solution if the vehicle is basically worthless.
If it was an old Viper, @Rich Weese and I would be fighting over it.

Residential Landlord · Los Angeles County, California

Originally posted by Jim S:
You could "accidentally" roll it onto the street and then call parking enforcement to report an abandon vehicle. Sounds like the easiest solution if the vehicle is basically worthless.
If it was an old Viper, Rich Weese and I would be fighting over it.

I was going to say the same thing. I don't think it's worth the hassle. If the guy left it there's most likely a reason...

Real Estate Investor · Central Valley, California

You can't legally sell it or scrap it without title. You can go online to your state's DMV and it will tell you the steps. You first request owner info using the VIN and then there are steps for notification of the owner and holding an auction or taking title, etc.

That being said I once towed an abandoned car in a garage of one my properties to a vacant property that I owned across town. I called it in as abandoned and the city came and took it away. I thought it was only fair that I put it in front of a property where it wouldn't bother anyone. :)

Commercial Real Estate Broker · Canton, Georgia

How could you roll it to the street if you couldn't get into the vehicle and it was locked??

Seems the easiest thing would be too call a tow truck and have them haul for free and let them deal with it.

If it was a car worth money fixed up or a nicer vehicle then you could try to get title and make some money.If it was drive able and worth much you think they would have taken it or sold it for scrap themselves.

Sometimes those car title pawn companies own them and people stop making payments when it no longer runs anymore or they lose a job.

The title places take forever to get the vehicle back as they don't want it.

Small_allworldrealtyJoel Owens, All World Realty
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Real Estate Investor · Chattanooga, Tennessee

Assuming you can get title, why not donate it to charity? There are plenty of them out there, and you could probably get more as a write off than you could selling it for scrap. Plus, you might be helping someone else out in the process. Jmo.

Real Estate Investor · Central Valley, California

Originally posted by Joel Owens:
How could you roll it to the street if you couldn't get into the vehicle and it was locked??

Seems the easiest thing would be too call a tow truck and have them haul for free and let them deal with it.

Where I am no legit towing company takes away a car without a title and then "deals with it". That's called grand theft auto. Abandoned vehicles have to be dealt with per your state laws. They'll move one without checking ownership, but they are not in the business of dealing with abandoned vehicles. Most cities and counties have regs that allow them to tow vehicles left on the street or in public places after so many days. But even they have to follow state laws regarding abandoned vehicles before selling or junking it.

You don't know how to get into a car that is locked? :)

Residential Real Estate Agent · Jacksonville, Florida

I can get into a locked car, lol. It sounds more likely than not that this is going to be a pain with no compensation. Donating it sounds like a pretty good idea. Also now that I think about it I've seen bandit signs saying they scrap cars without title. I am going to have my handyman look at it and on his opinion it will probably get pushed into the street or donated.

Real Estate Investor · Springfield, Missouri

Laws and ordinances vary and the OP needs to contact the police and DMV to find out what to do. Here, you can scrap a car without a title, family had an old 4 Runner and the engine caught fire. They got $500 for it and when they tow truck came they couldn't find the title, the driver/buyer said he didn't need it. I'm sure the parts will be back on the road again.....

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Real Estate Investor · Charlotte, North Carolina

no advice here..but for the people saying you need title to get a truck towed, that is incorrect..hang up a no parking/no trespassing a tow truck company, and tow the truck away..done. have done it at apartment buildings of mine a few don't need a title..if it's not your car, and it's on your property, good riddance. as far as scrapping, i've sold one old truck to a scrapper for 400 title..he said he didn't need the i kept it...not sure if that was illegal or not...seems more like the buyers issue though

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Real Estate Investor · Central Valley, California

@Bryan A. I like your idea about posting a sign, which I hadn't thought of, which of course is what apt. mgrs/owners do. I have an SFH with an abandoned vehicle and called some towing companies today. They said that if I put a 72 hour remove or tow tag on the car, they'll come get it after the 72 hours. They didn't seem too strict about proving that the tag had been there 72 hours.

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