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    mrodrigues is offline Member
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    Default Disappearing Vehicle

    We have a small lot of parking spaces that we rent month-to-month like our units. We currently have a tenant with two spaces who is backed up a number of months. We have left him many messages and finally conducted a lien search on both vehicles in order to sell them at our next auction. We finally got a call from the tenant who in some inappropriate language told us to stop harrassing him for payment and just do what we are going to do. A couple of days later one of his vehicles is missing from the lot....(We believe he tailgated in and out of the facility to get his vehicle)

    Any thoughts on how the conversation with this tenant should be started when I call him?
    Michelle Rodrigues
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    Default Re: Disappearing Vehicle

    Maybe you can play dumb and call to "let him know his car has been stolen and he needs to contact the police!" Or, maybe you should contact the police and report it stolen, since you have a lien in effect. Then you can let the customer know the police have been contacted.

    Also, can you watch your cameras to find out if it was him that took it? That would be the first thing I would do.
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    Default Re: Disappearing Vehicle

    OOOoooh I like that idea! "Sir, we contacted the police because one of your vehicles is missing..."

    Either way, don't sink to their level, but get your message delivered. For notifications on impending auction/sale/foreclosure, leave that to the postal system.
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    Default Re: Disappearing Vehicle

    This is why you need to make it hard for them to remove the vehicle. Use of a wheel club or trailer ball lock will slow them down. I like the idea of letting the police know even if they won't do anything, and then letting the tenant know what you have done.
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    Default Re: Disappearing Vehicle

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph87gn View Post
    This is why you need to make it hard for them to remove the vehicle. Use of a wheel club or trailer ball lock will slow them down.
    I never would have thought of this. Great idea Ralph. Thanks!! We'll have to implement this for any future delinquincies.
    Michelle Rodrigues
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    Default Re: Disappearing Vehicle

    I'd go with calling the police and telling them it was stolen since it essentially was.
    Could you imagine going to jail for stealing your own car lmao

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    Make sure when you call the Police you have the VIN # and the plate number.


    I can just see this fool when he gets pulled over for driving a stolen car
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    Default Re: Disappearing Vehicle

    I would drive by his home and see if the vehicle is in his driveway.

    P.S. In addition to using wheel boots, hitch locks, clubs, etc., simply remove their license plates from the vehicle. The quickest way to get pulled over is to drive around without plates.
    Last edited by Tom Litton; 14th November 2010 at 01:52 PM.

 

 
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