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Don't they have a mobile number or address for him please?
No, apparently not. I get the impression he was a friend of a friend and not especially well known to them..
1. Can we claim it as our property and sell it? (if so, what is the process?) - No, its not yours. You can never own it without permission from the owner. One day he may come back for it
2. Should we call the police to register it as an abandoned car? - Yes, this is what you should do it is abandoned.
Normally what would happen is if property was left, you would notify the owner and ask them to remove it within 28 days or say it will be removed and sold.
Then you would remove the car (or sell it) and hold the proceeds, less any costs for when the person came back
But the above is the way forward - speak to the Police
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
OK. Once the car is reported as abandoned will the police collect it/take it away? Plus, after a period (how long?) will an unclaimed car become my property under the law?
It never becomes your property. The Police should collect it yes or contact the owner.
Does that clarify?
I think that covers it. Thank you for your advice.
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