When claiming a possessory lien on unclaimed motor vehicles, most state statutes require the tow company to inquire with their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to determine the vehicle’s owners and lienholders. If the DMV’s records indicate “no record found,” most states allow a tow company to proceed with a lien sale if the tow company publishes an appropriate public notice and the subject vehicle is not retrieved in a certain number of days.
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