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This Is Why You Should Start a Car Towing Company or a Garage in Maine or Maryland

It doesn't matter why you pulled over on a public road in Maine or Maryland, or why you left your car to rot in a garage - police might take it for good.
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It is very understandable why local governments want to get rid of the junks left to rot on the side of the road. After all, they do represent a danger for the other drivers that are passing by. In some cases, the car might ignite for whatever reason and cover the whole area with a thick smoke wall. Also, if you have a flat tire and want to pull over, you will want to avoid that abandoned car or, at least, not crash into it.

$30 per day storage fees in Maine

Nobody knows for sure where did the Maine name come from. There are many suppositions, but nothing very clear. What we know is that 90% of the lobsters in the U.S. are coming from there. So, you can't pass that treat when you are going there. Also, don't go there in the wrong time of the year, since it's one of the coldest areas in the country. It's in the top ten for cold U.S. states, but that didn't stop the blueberries happily growing there. Oh! And if you wonder where did the hole in the donut comes from, the answer is also Maine.

While some states decided that a vehicle is considered abandoned after 24 or 48 hours, the people from Maine are more patient (maybe from the lobsters). They are waiting up to ten business days. If the car is not moved in that timeframe, a towing company will come and pick it up and take it into a storage facility. If that vehicle represents a danger for others or doesn't have license plates, it will be towed immediately. Of course, the owner will have to pay for that, if found.

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With the vehicle removed, the towing company has to wait and charge the car's owner with a reasonable daily fee, which shouldn't exceed $900 for 30 days. After that, the towing company can claim the vehicle through the Maine Secretary of State. Suppose the car's owner doesn't show up. In that case, the Secretary of State will send them a notification letter and, if that is returned, the next step is to publish an advertisement in a local newspaper where the vehicle's owner will be announced that in 14 days they will lose it. After that, the ownership will pass to the owner of the premises where the car is located.

After that time, the towing company may ask for all the papers to get the vehicle into its hands. That's why it would be good to have such a company in Maine.

Are you looking for your car in Maryland? Police have it

The small state of Maryland is the birthplace of the famous Babe Ruth. It is also known as the "little America" since it has all types of terrain, from beaches to mountains, from dunes to the forests. It also has four seasons. It was admitted in the Union in 1788, and it is also the home of the National Anthem. Worth mentioning that Maryland allows testings for autonomous vehicles on its roads.

But in this state, you don't want to lose track of your car. Leave it parked in the public domain for more than 48 hours, and it's gone. Police may take abandoned vehicles into custody and may use only authorized tow trucks. While this is almost a free-hunting game in other states, in Maryland, they decided to do it organized. As a result, the owner can recover their possession faster, and it won't be complicated, but it will cost $300.

A vehicle left for repairs, or stored in a garage, is considered abandoned if the owner doesn't get it back more than ten days after the date agreed with the location's owner. In addition, the location's owner must notify the police after those ten days, or they will lose the right to put a lien on the car.

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After the police towed the vehicle, the owner has three weeks to claim it after the notice is given. If they don't answer in 11 working days, the owner of the secured party may proceed and claim the car. Unclaimed vehicles towed by police will be sold to auction, dismantled, or used by law enforcement. They might need junk to survey the Baltimore streets, right?
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Editor's note: The information in this article is not legal advice; for any requests regarding an abandoned vehicle, refer to local law enforcement agencies.

About the author: Tudor Serban
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Tudor started his automotive career in 1996, writing for a magazine while working on his journalism degree. From Pikes Peaks to the Moroccan desert to the Laguna Seca, he's seen and done it all.
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