An abandoned vehicle is more than just an eyesore. It can reduce your property value and make you liable for injuries to others under the “attractive nuisance” law. If someone else has abandoned a vehicle on your property, know what you can do to have it safely and legally removed via towing.
Dealing With an Abandoned Vehicle That’s Not Yours
The Laws Regarding Taking Ownership
In the state of Ohio, a vehicle qualifies as abandoned if the owner leaves it on private property without the property owner’s consent. As the property owner, you can obtain a certificate of title for the vehicle if its value is less than $3,500 and you follow the correct steps. Obtaining that certificate allows you to keep the car for yourself or schedule towing.
If the vehicle is not on your property—such as parked on the street in front of your house—call the police. They will tag it and place a notice asking the owner to move it. If no one moves it, they’ll file it as abandoned and schedule towing.
What to Do
You must submit a Bureau of Motor Vehicles Record Request—form 1173—to perform a search of the Ohio BMV records. You will need the license plate and VIN number to do this. A notification must be sent to the owner through certified mail or a commercial carrier service, which requires a signed receipt. If no one claims the vehicle, you must send a follow-up notification no later than 31 and 46 days later. After 60 days with no one claiming the vehicle, you can get the title by filling out the Unclaimed Motor Vehicle Affidavit—form 4202.
Once you’re ready to have the vehicle moved, leave the towing to Engel’s Auto Service & Towing in Cincinnati, OH. They have been providing reliable auto towing and auto body service throughout the Greater Cincinnati area since 1966. Their drivers are available around the clock to assist you. Learn more about their services online, and call (513) 385-8246 to schedule a tow truck.