Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 18: Lien Sales – Abandoned – Abated Vehicles

18.030 Definitions

Abatement — Removal, as a public nuisance, of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles or vehicle parts from public or private property.

DMV — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Lien — A legal claim on a vehicle for unpaid towing, repairs, or storage costs.

Lienholder — As used in this chapter, the lienholder is the person or entity who has interest in the vehicle due to storage and/or towing costs.

Legal Owner — The person or entity with a financial interest in a vehicle and is listed on the titling document in the “Lienholder” section.

Low-Value Vehicle — A vehicle valued at $500 or less.