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.
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:
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