What can I do about my insurance leaving a car on my property?

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UPDATED: Oct 7, 2011

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Insurance Question from Dawsonville, GA

Asked on 10/07/2011

What can I do about my insurance leaving a car on my property? I wrecked my car and my insurance company has the title for it to be crushed but the car has been sitting in my yard for some time now. Is there any property rights after the car has been sitting on my property after a certain period of time?

Answer given on October 09, 2011

If your car was wrecked and the insurance company has paid you a settlement and taken title, it is their responsibility to remove the car from your property and handle the salvage.If you have decided to buy back the car as salvage, then the insurance company needs to give you the title so you can re-register the car with the state, presuming that is allowed in your state.If the insurance company is keeping the car, then you should contact them to see why they have not come to pick up your car. It could be a psperwork error by the insurance company, thinking they have already taken care of this. However, you do need to contact them, presuming you have not already done so. If you have contacted the insurance company before now, then you should call and ask for a supervisor or contact your agent to see if they can help you get the car removed.

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