Wondering what to do about that abandoned car, SUV, or truck that’s been parked on your property for over several days now? Especially abandoned vehicles that are old and beat up can not only be an eyesore, they can take up valuable parking spaces in your parking lot. It can be a special nuisance if an abandoned vehicle happens to be taking up the space right in front of your Business, so that your customers have difficulty parking anywhere near your store. An abandoned car or truck (even worse, an RV) is not only an unwelcome sight to your patrons, it is usually a violation of local law. Vehicles with flat tires, no plates or leaking fluids etc.
You are within your rights but need protection
Your first task is to make sure you use a company that will protect your interest. Almost all Business’s prohibit leaving any vehicle parked on a private property too long. Usually there are local ordinances that need to be followed.
Tip Towing will not only keep you in compliance, we protect you by contacting the proper local law enforcement agency prior to towing if required.
We will enforce the standards that our clients have regarding disabled vehicles (those that are immobilized, flat or missing tires, or abandoned without your consent). Tip Towing will provide you with signs that keep your business up to code and serve as warning to the general public. Once you have the signs posted at your establishment or property, there are no gray areas to the public about “abandoned vehicles” or “disabled vehicles” left without consent. If you have a condo or planned unit development, Tip Towing will enforce your homeowner association’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) on the subject. All at no charge to our customers.
If the Vehicle Belongs to Someone you know
If the vehicle is causing a problem—for example, by taking up a valuable parking spot in front of your business or parking lot. Some business or Apartment Complex’s opt to provide a warning to their tenants or customers. It’s entirely possible that your customer or tenant is not aware of your rules or the problems caused by leaving a vehicle for a long period of time or improperly parked. We will provide warning stickers ( free of charge)
We Will Call The Local Police or Sheriff’s Office
When you bring the matter to our attention, we will call local law enforcement offices prior to towing it away. Call us if the vehicle that has been parked for too long, particularly if it appears to be abandoned. (In some cases, such as a completely stripped or burned vehicle, there will be no doubt of this).
When reporting an abandoned vehicle, be prepared to describe the vehicle’s make and model, give its license plate number (if available), and state the exact location.
After checking to see if the vehicle has been reported stolen, some police departments will place a warning tag on the vehicle, giving the owner a short amount of time to move the vehicle. If the vehicle has not been moved within the allotted amount of time you can than have it impound and/or dispose of it.
If You’re a Landlord Whose Tenant Has Abandoned a Vehicle
Occasionally, a departing tenant will leave an inoperable car in the parking lot or garage. While states’ landlord-tenant laws often require landlords to provide tenants written notice that they are dealing with abandoned property, these rules don’t typically apply to motor vehicles. If a tenant has left a car or other vehicle behind, call Tip Towing to report the abandoned vehicle. We will arrange to have the vehicle towed.