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Old 09-08-2017, 07:35 PM
 
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I have a broken car that someone "gave" to me a few years ago. I was going to put it back together as a project car.

Well the guy never went to the DMV and title it before giving it to me. We were neighbors so I kind of let it sit for a while as to keep the peace since we had other issues at the time.

Well this guy moved on and I don't know where he moved to.

I called the attorney on my prepaid legal plan which is usually pretty good but this issue falls under an exclusion.

He did offer me phone advice though. He advised that the lack of title constitutes an abandonment of a vehicle on my property and to follow the DMV process found at the below link. I started off by paying the $25.

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles/#abandoned.asp

I was advised by the system that:

The VIN number was not found and the vehicle is not titled in Virginia.

and that I have the option to:

you may choose to
transfer the property to a demolisher or scrap metal processor
without proceeding to the
intent to auction phase of the Abandoned Vehicle Process. You are required to present this
printed receipt and the completed Vehicle Removal Certificate (VSA 40) to the licensed
demolisher or scrap metal processor at the time of transfer.
However, if you wish to apply to obtain a title in your name, or you plan to sell the
property to a purchaser at auction, you must post your intent to auction within 30 days from
the “Must Claim by Date” on this receipt and wait the required 21 days. You may be
eligible to post intent your intent to auction after

Question: What is a demolisher or scrap metal processor? Anyone know if that demolisher or scrap metal processor has to be in Virginia? Does anyone know if a demolisher or scrap metal processor outside of Virginia is allowed to pick it up as well or do they have to be in Virginia?


Seems like this would be the easiest way to get rid of it without needing to go to the DMV.

Do "demolishers" or "scrap metal processors" generally come to the house to pick up immobile vehicles?

I guess that donating it is out of the question without titling it in my name. The Donation folks take just about anything and it's tax deductible.

Any thoughts or ideas on getting this thing out of there?

I know this is more of a legal question....but we ask legal questions here all the time.

Thanks.

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Old 09-08-2017, 08:54 PM
 
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I think that your first step is to do a goggle search for "scrap car buyers " in your county, in Virginia. Find a couple, and phone them . Tell them the sort version " I have a abandoned car , no title, will you buy it " ? They do this all the time, so it will be a easy answer. They will offer you the scrap metal weight value...a full size car will be worth around $200. Smaller car...less money.


They will do a search for the VIN, to make sure it isn't being sought by any law enforcement agency, and if it is clear, they will take care of the State requirements, to scrap it. Say good bye to it .




XXX.
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Old 09-09-2017, 02:04 PM
 
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I think that your first step is to do a goggle search for "scrap car buyers " in your county, in Virginia. Find a couple, and phone them . Tell them the sort version " I have a abandoned car , no title, will you buy it " ? They do this all the time, so it will be a easy answer. They will offer you the scrap metal weight value...a full size car will be worth around $200. Smaller car...less money.


They will do a search for the VIN, to make sure it isn't being sought by any law enforcement agency, and if it is clear, they will take care of the State requirements, to scrap it. Say good bye to it .




XXX.
Thanks and repped. They can be lazy around here, so I wanted to get my ducks in a row.

Is it normal for these guys to come out and pick it up though? A few hundred bucks for something I have to trailer on my own would be a real bad deal.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I don't know about the whole "no title" issue - it must be titled in someones' name.
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Old 09-09-2017, 07:06 PM
 
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VA Lucky.


They will have at least one tow truck and probably more than one .


If it was me at the other end of the phone I would be asking........Does it have tires, and is it buried in a forest ? If the driver can get a cable on it, winching it out and hooking it up is a few minutes work. I used to operate a towing service here in Ontario, and pulling scrap cars was an every day type of job.


XXX.
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks all and repped.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:50 PM
 
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You call a junkyard and have them haul it. If it's worth anything, they'll pay you for it. You sign a document certifying that the vehicle was abandoned in lieu of signing over the title.

In Virginia, it may be a vehicle removal certificate.

abandoned vehicles
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:45 PM
 
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I filled out the form I mentioned on the DMV site. The tow truck driver acted like that was just a waste of time but was happy that I did it. Seemed very much as if you could just get it towed out, no questions asked, and no title without doing any sort of due diligence and being $25 poorer. YMMV.
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:48 AM
 
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The guy we called brought the form to cover himself.
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