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    We recently purchased this facility in Virginia. The previous owner owned it for more than 10 years, but never had the time to run it. Anyways long story short, it has 5 to 6 abandoned trailers and mobile homes with no information on the owner and its been sitting there for more than 7 to 8 years(I can see it in the county aerial images). They are almost useless at this point. Any advice on how to get rid of them, do i have to advertise and then auction them?
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  • #2
    Do a title check on each vehicle, if they have not been registered in a very long time there should be a way to get title for the purposes of destroying them depending on your state. But your first step is to find out who the owner is and try to get them to take it.

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    • #3
      Post notices for 30 days that all unclaimed vehicles will be towed. Then, after 30 days, call a tow company and have them removed. It passes the headache on to them! I inherited the same problem at a property in Palm Springs, and this worked out beautifully.
      MamaDuke

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      • #4
        Put them in the paper/craigslist "must sell - best offer"

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        • #5
          Also, for your future at this location and parking of any vehicle, you may want to see about getting a contract with a local tow yard.

          Here in NJ our law for abandoned vehicles say that if we post proper signage on the property stating that abandoned vehicles will be towed that when any vehicle falls in default for non-payment of rent, we can then call the tow yard and have it towed and then it becomes the tow yards problem.

          This is also for a vehicle inside a storage unit.
          Sometimes the tenant is not truthful (Shocking eh?) and does not tell us that he/she is storing a car.
          They stop paying the rent.
          We go to cut the lock to inspect for inventory and find a car.
          We then call the tow yard, have it towed and that's it!
          Done and done.
          Clean the unit and rent it again.





          Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RandyL View Post
            Do a title check on each vehicle, if they have not been registered in a very long time there should be a way to get title for the purposes of destroying them depending on your state. But your first step is to find out who the owner is and try to get them to take it.
            Except one vehicle, none of them have tags

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MamaDuke View Post
              Post notices for 30 days that all unclaimed vehicles will be towed. Then, after 30 days, call a tow company and have them removed. It passes the headache on to them! I inherited the same problem at a property in Palm Springs, and this worked out beautifully.
              Most of these vehicles are junk at this point as they have been abandoned for close to 10 years, So don't think towing companies will be in interested. These can only go for scrap metal. so can i post the notice, take pics for proof and give them away for scrap metal

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              • #8
                Originally posted by avatarselfstorage View Post

                Except one vehicle, none of them have tags
                You do a title check via the VIN number not the license plate. And if they are scrap metal they still get towed usually.

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                • #9
                  Don't some charities take non running vehicles? Nah, you probably have to have a title for that. Definitely do what has been suggested. As for the mobile homes, scrap them. You might have to get a dumpster and use a dozer and demolish and get rid of them that way.
                  Don't be so hard on yourself. The mom in E.T. had an alien living in her house for days and didn't notice.

                  WA State

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                  • #10
                    Run a VIN search!

                    Call your local police station, tell them who you are and ask that an officer come over and assist in running a VIN search.
                    They will be able to tell you if the said vehicles are stolen.
                    You may also want to contact an attorney so that you can protect yourself.
                    I have to wonder if maybe you should run a small ad in the newspaper.
                    Keep in mind more than likely these vehicle owners are no longer interested in their property HOWEVER you do not want to open yourself up to any litigation of disposal of these vehicles!
                    Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.

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                    • #11
                      I was just about to post a question about getting rid of old vehicles/parts when I came across this thread. So, most have them towed and the towing company takes care of it? Where do you have the vehicle towed to? Does this happen before auctioning off a unit (if there is other possessions left)?

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                      • #12
                        Here in Southern Oregon we can't even get them to come out and look at abandoned trailers/RVs, much less tow them away. It costs the tow companies around $1500 to gut them to the point they can be scrapped for the metal, so unless ordered to do so by law enforcement most companies won't touch them.

                        Best bet depending on the legal requirements for your state is title/VIN check and auction them off as is once the posted notice expires. You'll have to fill out a lien paper from the DMV and give it to the auction winners so they can attempt to get a new title on it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by megan.bosse View Post
                          I was just about to post a question about getting rid of old vehicles/parts when I came across this thread. So, most have them towed and the towing company takes care of it? Where do you have the vehicle towed to? Does this happen before auctioning off a unit (if there is other possessions left)?
                          It depends on the laws of your state. You will probably find info on it in your lien laws; that's where mine is. The main difference is, for me anyway, the payments on a vehicle must be at least 60 days past due, and not the usual 30 for a unit. I called a local tow company and they gave me signs that needed to posted at every entrance/exit. They needed to be up for 24 hrs before they could tow anything. They also gave me a form they require to be filled out for every vehicle/boat/trailer they pick up. They have a very large tow yard they take everything to, and once they tow it, it becomes their responsibility. They nofify the person they have their vehicle and how to get it back. Keep in mind, they do not collect the past due rent from the tenant for you. They remove the vehicle, free of charge, so you can rent the space again. Yes, you will have to either send the tenant to collections or write off the amount they owed. If they don't/can't collect the towing and THEIR storage fees from the tenant, they auction off the vehicle.
                          So far, I've only had a motorcycle towed. I prefer towing over selling, letting someone else do all the paperwork.
                          Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

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                          • #14
                            If you want to remove any legal liabilities from yourself, easiest thing to do is call a tow company. They will tow it away and handle it from there.

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