When is a Vehicle Considered Abandoned in California?
Updated: Jun 28
If you're wondering when a vehicle is considered abandoned in California, the answer may surprise you. In most cases, a vehicle is only considered abandoned after it has been parked on a public street or highway for more than 72 consecutive hours. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. In this blog post, we will discuss the rules and regulations surrounding abandoned vehicles in California. We will also provide tips on how to remove an abandoned vehicle from your property.
A vehicle is considered abandoned in California if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
- The vehicle has been parked on a public street or highway for more than 72 consecutive hours.
- The vehicle has been left unattended on private property for more than 14 days.
- The vehicle has been left unattended on public property for more than 24 hours.
- The vehicle has been impounded by a law enforcement agency and the owner has not claimed it within 30 days.
If you believe that a vehicle on your property meets one or more of these criteria, you can contact a private tow truck company to have the vehicle removed. Some tow companies will charge a fee for this service, so be sure to ask about any potential fees before you make arrangements.
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