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  • Abandoned Vehicle
Abandoned Vehicle
Abandoned vehicles are cars, boats, and other means of motorized transportation that are left on another's property for a period of time as defined by local statutes, which vary by locality. Such laws are enacted due to abandoned vehicles which create fire hazards and constitute an attractive nuisance, creating a hazard to the health and safety of minors, and contributing to urban blight. Laws governing abandoned vehicles may provide for notice to the last recorded owner and any recorded lienholders before disposing of the vehicle or selling it at auction. Such notice typically explains how recovery of the vehicle may be made to avoid its disposal or sale and often a fee for storage is required to be paid. The following is an example of a local law governing abandoned vehicles: