Abandoned and Impounded Vehicles
The City of Boston can legally take possession of vehicles left standing on City streets for more than 72 hours. We enforce this regulation if
- we receive a complaint from a resident, or
- the vehicle poses a safety hazard.
We don't automatically consider a vehicle parked on the same street for more than 72 hours abandoned.
If you abandon your vehicle
We charge you $250 for your first offense, and $500 for every offense after that. If you don’t reclaim your vehicle, it will be either crushed or auctioned off. You will be responsible for covering all costs we pay to remove and get rid of your vehicle.
Motor vehicle auctions
We hold auctions at
Transportation Department Tow Lot
200 Frontage Road
Boston, MA 02118
UPCOMING AUCTION DATES
The next auction will be held on Saturday, November 19, at 9 a.m. Gate opens at 8 a.m. for viewing of vehicles: