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Abandoned Vehicle Intent to Auction
Background
 

Customers who processed an Abandoned Vehicle Record Request may use the Intent to Auction transaction to publicize their intent to auction an abandoned vehicle, trailer, or manufactured home.

Virginia law requires you to post your intent to auction for 21 days before you are eligible to sell the vehicle at an auction, obtain a title, or transfer the vehicle to a demolisher or scrap metal processor. The Intent to Auction transaction guides you through the posting process to ensure you comply with the Virginia Abandoned Motor Vehicle law.

You must complete the Abandoned Vehicle Process Record Request before posting your intent to auction. If you have not completed an abandoned vehicle record request, refer to Abandoned Vehicle Processing.

Be sure to post your Intent to Auction within 30 days from the “Must Claim By Date” displayed on your AVP receipt or your vehicle will be inactivated in the AVP process. You will have to re-enter the abandoned vehicle, trailer, or manufactured home into the AVP and pay the fee

What You Will Need
 
  • The receipt number from the Abandoned Vehicle Process receipt
  • The vehicle identification number (VIN)

If you are unable to locate your Abandoned Vehicle Process receipt, you may request a duplicate receipt.

Information Provided

Once your Intent to Auction is posted, the intent to auction information is available for viewing in DMV’s Abandoned Vehicle Search engine. You may print your intent to auction information.

If a lien exists on DMV’s record, DMV will send a letter notifying the lienholder of the intent to sell the vehicle. If the vehicle, trailer, or manufactured home is not claimed within the 21-day posting period, you are eligible to:

  • Obtain a title for or sell the abandoned vehicle, trailer, or manufactured home, or
  • Transfer the abandoned vehicle, trailer, or manufactured home to a demolisher or scrap metal processor

Both the Abandoned Vehicle Process receipt and the Vehicle Removal Certificate (VSA 40) must remain with the abandoned vehicle, trailer, or manufactured home and be presented when you apply for title or when transferring to a demolisher or scrap metal processor.



 

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