Abandoned Vehicles


  • In 2007 the police department took over the abandoned vehicle program for vehicles abandoned within city limits.
  • This program was previously run by the Missoula County Sheriffs Department.
  • Police employees, along with dedicated volunteers, tag vehicles which have been reported as abandoned.
  • The city periodically sells unclaimed abandoned vehicles at auction. Sign up to be notified about abandoned vehicle and surplus/salvage city vehicle auctions.
  • You can sign up to be notified about auctions of abandoned vehicles and other surplus vehicles and equipment.
  • ****July 20th, 2023, will be our next abandoned vehicle auction***

Why Police Involvement?

  • Abandoned vehicles are not only an eyesore but also a hazard.
  • They are unsafe to play in or around, rodents and other animals nest in them.
  • Abandoned vehicles have a negative effect on neighborhoods, contributing to the "broken window" problem.

Laws and Ordinances

Report an Abandoned Vehicle

AV Auction
Community Service Specialist