Sometimes, for whatever reason, vehicles are left abandoned in parking lots, on a side street, or the side of the highway.
The Edmonton International Airport counted 120 abandoned cars and trucks in their massive parking lots last year.
Some of those vehicles belonged to oilpatch workers who lost their jobs and returned to their home province. Other vehicles end up racking up such a large parking bill that the owner can’t afford to pay the fees to get it out!
Airport spokeswoman Heather Hamilton remarks that some cars are truly a mystery. There are well-maintained vehicles that contain family photos and other personal belongings. One of the vehicle that will soon be up for auction is a brand new $30,000 pickup truck!
“You sort of wish the car could talk,” says Hamilton.
Airports usually wait at least one month before contacting police, which then activates a 90-day period during which the owner must stake their claim before the vehicle is seized by the government and auctioned off or sold for parts.
Sometimes the airport will allow an owner to retrieve their vehicle free of charge if they present a compelling story.
Have you had to abandon your car for more than a day? Did it suffer a mechanical issue? Were you unable to afford the insurance? What was the reason?
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