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  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • March 23, 2015 | Author: Charles F. Smith
  • Law Firm: Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. A Professional Corporation - Allentown Office
  • From time to time I receive an inquiry regarding an abandoned vehicle. It usually comes to me in the form of: “There is a 1979 Plymouth Volare stored outside at my facility and I am not even sure who owns it. How do I get rid of it?”

    The Act, as recently amended, provides:

    (c) Towing right. - If the property upon which the lien is claimed is a motor vehicle or watercraft and the property is in default for 60 consecutive days, the owner may have the property towed. If a motor vehicle or watercraft is towed as authorized under this subsection, the owner shall not be liable for any damages to the motor vehicle or watercraft not caused by any negligence of the owner once an adequately insured or bonded tower takes possession of the property.

    If you inherit the abandoned vehicle from a prior owner of the facility and do not know the identity of the owner (this actually happens) you should make reasonable efforts to determine ownership. In Pennsylvania, a PennDOT DL-135 should be submitted for the vehicle.

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