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Old 07-19-2005, 01:02   #1 (permalink)
James Goforth
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Abandoned Volvo

Re: the abandoned Volvo 760 turbo wagon I posted about earlier:
After I sent a registered letter to the owners offering to buy the car
(which has been sitting unlocked in a motel parking lot for over a year)
I got the card back in the mail indicating the letter was delivered to
the intended recipient. They never made any attempt to contact me.
I talked to one of the owners of the motel and he said he'd talked to
the other two co
-owners and they said they're not going to do anything about the
car--i.e. apparently just let it sit there indefinitely (until it
deteriorates beyond feasible repair).
Pisses me off.
Since it's on their property, I can't really mess with it, but
obviously neither they nor the car's owner care about it.
Still seems like I should be able to get it away from those dummies
somehow--while it's still worth something.

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Old 07-19-2005, 01:02   #2 (permalink)
Michael Pardee
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Re: Abandoned Volvo

"James Goforth" <jamiegoforth@webtv.net> wrote in message
news:4646-42DC628E-457@storefull-3271.bay.webtv.net...
> Re: the abandoned Volvo 760 turbo wagon I posted about earlier:
> After I sent a registered letter to the owners offering to buy the car
> (which has been sitting unlocked in a motel parking lot for over a year)
> I got the card back in the mail indicating the letter was delivered to
> the intended recipient. They never made any attempt to contact me.
> I talked to one of the owners of the motel and he said he'd talked to
> the other two co
> -owners and they said they're not going to do anything about the
> car--i.e. apparently just let it sit there indefinitely (until it
> deteriorates beyond feasible repair).
> Pisses me off.
> Since it's on their property, I can't really mess with it, but
> obviously neither they nor the car's owner care about it.
> Still seems like I should be able to get it away from those dummies
> somehow--while it's still worth something.
>

James, I get the uneasy feeling it isn't worth anything and hasn't been for
years. The people who abandoned it and are not responding were responsible
for the maintenance - if such a car were offered for sale I would never
consider buying it at any price. It has likely not had regular oil changes,
may have plain water run in the cooling system, may have been overheated.
Any of those things can cost more to repair than the car is worth. In any
event, there is a reason they abandoned it - maybe more than one reason. As
the owner of a 765T I can attest the parts and labor to resurrect one of
those beasts could be prohibitive.

Mike


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Old 07-19-2005, 01:02   #3 (permalink)
James Sweet
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Re: Abandoned Volvo


"James Goforth" <jamiegoforth@webtv.net> wrote in message
news:4646-42DC628E-457@storefull-3271.bay.webtv.net...
> Re: the abandoned Volvo 760 turbo wagon I posted about earlier:
> After I sent a registered letter to the owners offering to buy the car
> (which has been sitting unlocked in a motel parking lot for over a year)
> I got the card back in the mail indicating the letter was delivered to
> the intended recipient. They never made any attempt to contact me.
> I talked to one of the owners of the motel and he said he'd talked to
> the other two co
> -owners and they said they're not going to do anything about the
> car--i.e. apparently just let it sit there indefinitely (until it
> deteriorates beyond feasible repair).
> Pisses me off.
> Since it's on their property, I can't really mess with it, but
> obviously neither they nor the car's owner care about it.
> Still seems like I should be able to get it away from those dummies
> somehow--while it's still worth something.
>


So move it off their property... "abandon" it in in front of your house, or
in the parking lot of another business.


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Old 07-19-2005, 01:02   #4 (permalink)
Michael Cerkowski
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Re: Abandoned Volvo

> Still seems like I should be able to get it away from those dummies
> somehow--while it's still worth something.
>


> So move it off their property... "abandon" it in in front of your > house, or in the parking lot of another business.


Do I treally have to state the obvious? It's *their car*, and what
they do or don't do with it is no one else's business. Has this
country really fallen to the level of 'How can I steal this car
legally?'...?
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Old 07-19-2005, 05:02   #5 (permalink)
James Goforth
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Re: Abandoned Volvo

Yes, I wouldn't pay much for the car just because of all the unknowns.
If I couldn't get it for cheap it would be foolish to even mess with it.
You can get a lot of money in them "real quick."
But the body and interior are remarkably good--I just wanted to
resurrect it more as a labour of love rather than an economically
feasible and practical matter. I know parts for those aren't cheap.
The paper work in the glove compartment indicates the car's owner
purchased it less than a year before she abandoned it. Possibly never
even got it paid off if she borrowed from the bank. I'm going to see if
there's a loan against it if I can.
I just like tinkering with cars, have a degree in automotive tech. and
always thought those Volvo wagons were cool.
It actually looks like it's fairly easy to work on in terms of there
being plenty of room under the hood (compared to a lot of cars).
It may be possible that one of the owners/managers at the motel has
designs on it themself, although I doubt it.

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Old 07-19-2005, 18:02   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Abandoned Volvo

Michael Cerkowski <mjc1@albany.net> wrote:

>> Still seems like I should be able to get it away from those dummies
>> somehow--while it's still worth something.
>>

>
>> So move it off their property... "abandon" it in in front of your > house, or in the parking lot of another business.

>
> Do I treally have to state the obvious? It's *their car*, and what
>they do or don't do with it is no one else's business. Has this
>country really fallen to the level of 'How can I steal this car
>legally?'...?
>


If the motel owners do not own the car, then what they have sitting in
the parking lot could be considered an attractive nusiance. They have
previous knowledge that it is abandoned, and becasue they have not
taken steps to remove it, if someone gets hurt becasue of it being
abandoned there (like a child playing on or in it) then they can be
liable.

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\__/olvo
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Old 07-19-2005, 21:02   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Abandoned Volvo


"Michael Cerkowski" <mjc1@albany.net> wrote in message
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> > Still seems like I should be able to get it away from those dummies
> > somehow--while it's still worth something.
> >

>
> > So move it off their property... "abandon" it in in front of your >

house, or in the parking lot of another business.
>
> Do I treally have to state the obvious? It's *their car*, and what
> they do or don't do with it is no one else's business. Has this
> country really fallen to the level of 'How can I steal this car
> legally?'...?
> --



They've been given ample opportunity to claim it. I'm not saying sneak it
off and hide it in a garage somewhere, just move it somewhere that you can
claim it if the current owner does not.


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Old 07-19-2005, 21:02   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Abandoned Volvo


"James Goforth" <jamiegoforth@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> Yes, I wouldn't pay much for the car just because of all the unknowns.
> If I couldn't get it for cheap it would be foolish to even mess with it.
> You can get a lot of money in them "real quick."
> But the body and interior are remarkably good--


A good body and interior is worth a grand to me, haven't been able to find
one though, usually that's the first thing to go.


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Old 07-20-2005, 10:02   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Abandoned Volvo

"James Sweet" <jamessweet@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> "James Goforth" <jamiegoforth@webtv.net> wrote in message
> news:11468-42DCE214-975@storefull-3273.bay.webtv.net...
>> Yes, I wouldn't pay much for the car just because of all the unknowns.
>> If I couldn't get it for cheap it would be foolish to even mess with it.
>> You can get a lot of money in them "real quick."
>> But the body and interior are remarkably good--

>
> A good body and interior is worth a grand to me, haven't been able to find
> one though, usually that's the first thing to go.
>
>

The body is good on ours (spent most of its life in Phoenix) but the
interior has shattered into hundreds of plastic chunks and there are too
many cracks in the dash to count. It now is a hauler - stuff from the
building supply store, stuff to the dump, dogs wherever, me to work....

Mike


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Old 07-20-2005, 16:02   #10 (permalink)
James Goforth
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Re: Abandoned Volvo

It's kind of remarkable that the motel owers have never even bothered
to lock the thing (speaking of children playing on or in it.
To cut right to the chase, one would have to wonder what the motel
owners would do if the car just disappeared. Call the cops? Why?--it's
not their car. Maybe the owners came back and got it.
Hypothetically speaking, (and I don't think I'm going to do this),
what if I simply went and took the thing. Took it to my house, about 60
miles away. And then I just called the authorities and told them the
story, how it's been sitting in a motel parking lot for over a year,
very obviously abandoned, the owners of the motel refuse to touch it or
address it in any way, and how I sent the car's owner a registered
letter offering to buy it which they recieved and signed for and never
replied to, and how I've checked with the DMV in the county where it's
registered and determined there is no lein against it.
And how I'd now like to have them declare it abandoned and apply for a
title in my name.
Seriously...what would happen to me?

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