Abandoned vehicles

Council receives numerous complaints regarding abandoned vehicles.

If, after investigating a complaint, Council reasonably believes the vehicle is abandoned we place a notice on the vehicle asking the owner to contact Council within 48 hours.

If no contact is made the vehicle will be towed and impounded and if not claimed offered for sale at auction.

You can report an abandoned vehicle online (choose Other Council Matters) or by ringing Council on 1300 69 22 47.

Collecting an impounded vehicle

To collect an impounded vehicle, the owner must provide proof of ownership (eg registration papers) and proof of identity (eg driver's licence or similar photo ID), and pay the cost of removing and storing the vehicle.

Owners must make an appointment with Council's Pound Officer to arrange to pick up the vehicle.

If you are collecting an unregistered vehicle you must arrange a tow truck or similar at your on expense.

Council is not liable for any theft from, or damage to, a vehicle that has been impounded.

You can apply to Council to waive your impound fees.

Online abandoned vehicle auction

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Council's abandoned vehicle auctions are being held online by Quaid Auctioneers.

The next auction is on Wednesday 14 October.

The following vehicles will be available:

YEARMAKEMODELREGO
2001MitsubishiMagna812TEY
1999FordFestiva672WUR
2000MitsubishiMagna 
2002SubaruOutback575WZX
2000FordLaser433ZEU
2006HyundaiGetz976XEY
2000ToyotaCamry731VHR
2003FordEscape868ZAX
1996ToyotaStarlet946WWD
2002ToyotaPrado668IAG
2003HyundaiSanta Fe269YRT
1998ToyotaSpacia642SPK
1999MitsubishiDelicia844TDM
2004ChryslerVoyager890XLK
2002Mercedes BenzML270222GPZ
1996Mazda Bravo491XDU
1999DaihatsuTerios218GBM
2002MitsubishiMagna003VSO
2007 SuzukiSwift266KSL
2005HyundaiAccent201XAF
2005ToyotaCamry667ROL
2006SuzukiLiana362LMU
2005KiaRio469RHE
2001ToyotaCamry154ZDO
2002HoldenAstra074GRI
2004HyundaiElantra240ILD
2006HyundaiTuscon635WOH
2005KiaCarnival153SSE
1995FordFalcon345SSM
1999MitsubishiMagnaQMW445
2006ToyotaCorolla840JOZ
2003DaewooMatiz245ZCO
2001MitsubishiMirage616YGX
1998MitsubishiLancer733YJS
2000HondaCR-V1AUL141
2010NissanDualis699VWO
2004ToyotaAvalon793XPL
2001MitsubishiLancer442ZCX
2005HondaAccord520TMN

You can view vehicles to be auctioned:

  • Online from Saturday 10 October
  • In person on Tuesday 13 October, from 11am to 2pm, at the McCoombe Street vehicle yard

Purchased vehicles can be collected from the vehicle yard on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 October, from 11am to 2pm. All payments are made to Quaid Auctioneers. Proof of purchase will be required at collection.

Attending the vehicle yard

Rules for visiting the vehicle yard for inspections or collections:

  • Covered footwear must be worn
  • Children under 12 not permitted
  • No smoking
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Last updated: 24 September 2020