You have a vehicle which was
ABANDONED
you would like to title.

Abandoned Title Process

Vehicles left or abandoned on certain property may be eligible for title processing via a mechanic’s lien process. If you are a property owner or licensed automotive facility with an unclaimed vehicle on your premised a certain process may allow for titling of the vehicle to your entity or to a designated bidder.

Our service can provide some of the steps required to complete this mechanic’s lien vehicle title process. In most states and jurisdictions, at least 4 steps are involved.

  • Search title history for prior owner and lienholder records
  • Notify prior owner, lienholder, and client customer of notice of sale for title
  • Publicize the intended sale and title transfer
  • Document the process to vacate all prior ownership claims

Our mechanics lien automated assistance process can provide the following support for your mechanics lien vehicle transfer:

ABANDONED TITLE PROCESS – $69

  • Pull title record for owner and liens
  • Send tracking receipt letters to owner, lender, and client as indicated
  • Provide you with text to place ads in the newspaper
  • Provide form for submission to the DMV for title issuance

Professional document preparation. Documents and checklist prepared for your signature and filing for title within 48 hours.

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There are several other steps that you as the client will need to complete. If bidding is required, you will need to receive those bids and calculate the highest bid. In most cases, you can also be the buyer/owner of the vehicle. You may also need to have a VIN inspection.

Abandoned Title Process

Professional document preparation. Documents and checklist prepared for your signature and filing for title within 48 hours.

abandoned title process

Vehicles left or abandoned on certain property may be eligible for title processing via a mechanic’s lien process. If you are a property owner or licensed automotive facility with an unclaimed vehicle on your premised a certain process may allow for titling of the vehicle to your entity or to a designated bidder.

Our service can provide some of the steps required to complete this mechanic’s lien vehicle title process. In most states and jurisdictions, at least 4 steps are involved.

  • Search title history for prior owner and lienholder records
  • Notify prior owner, lienholder, and client customer of notice of sale for title
  • Publicize the intended sale and title transfer
  • Document the process to vacate all prior ownership claims

Our mechanics lien automated assistance process can provide the following support for your mechanics lien vehicle transfer:

Abandoned Title Process – $69

  • Pull title record for owner and liens
  • Send tracking receipt letters to owner, lender, and client as indicated
  • Provide you with text to place ads in the newspaper
  • Provide form for submission to the DMV for title issuance

There are several other steps that you as the client will need to complete. If bidding is required, you will need to receive those bids and calculate the highest bid. In most cases, you can also be the buyer/owner of the vehicle. You may also need to have a VIN inspection.

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abandoned adjective
aban·doned | \ ə-ˈban-dənd  \
Definition of abandoned
1a : left without needed protection, care, or support
1b : left by the owner

Millions of vehicles are abandoned each year in the United States. Many larger cities process close to 1000 abandoned vehicles per day. Many of these vehicles are capable of becoming usable transportation if only the title paperwork can be resolved. Each of these is an opportunity to obtain a vehicle which would otherwise become scrap.

Each state has a legal process for handling the ownership transfer of an abandoned vehicle. As with any government process, the steps need to be followed carefully and exactly in order to be successful.

The states various processes can involve sending certified letters to owners, running ads in the newspaper, contacting the DMV, or notifying a towing company. In many cases the process can also vary by the municipality of value of the vehicle.

By following the instructions and using the forms applicable to your scenario, you can apply for a new title to be issued into your name for the vehicle you have aquired.

In many areas abandoned vehicles are becoming a nuisance where even the towing companies can not keep up with the volume. New York city processed over 300,000 abandoned vehicles last year. Even the small town of Sand Island, Oahu struggles to keep up with thousands of vehicles each year to be towed.

Vehicles can be considered abandoned on public or private property when it has been left unattended on public property for more than twenty-four hours, lacks current registration plates is inoperable, over five years old, is a safety hazard, depending on the jurisdiction. Here are just a few examples:

  • Arizona law: “abandoned on public or private property, or otherwise unclaimed”
  • The City of Boston: “can legally take possession of vehicles left standing on City streets for more than 72 hours”
  • Texas Statutes: “has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in charge of the property for more than 48 hours”
  • Seattle: “An abandoned vehicle is defined as a vehicle within Seattle City Limits on a public street or city property for over 72 hours.”

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Abandoned Vehicle Title Process

In each state there is a specific process for obtaining a title for an abandoned vehicle. The instructions and forms are listed below.

In most states the process begins by filing a notice of abandoned vehicle form, and by sending a notice to the last known title holder.

The documents and instructions are provided below to do this yourself. If you would like assistance in filling in the forms and sending the prior owner notice, you also have the option of using our services as well for a flat fee of $69.

In some states the mechanic’s lien process is only available to towing and storage companies or property owners. In some cases the notice is required to be sent within a certain time period.

As alternatives to the Abandoned Vehicle Title process, you can consider the Bonded Title or Bill of Sale Title process also.

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