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10.10.100 – Sale or disposal procedure when owner unknown

  1. When the identity of the registered owner or other person legally entitled to the possession of an abandoned, lost or unclaimed vehicle of seven years of age or newer cannot be determined by any means provided for in this chapter, the vehicle may be sold as provided in this chapter or disposed of in the manner authorized by this chapter without notice to the registered owner or other person legally entitled to the possession of the vehicle.
  2. When an abandoned vehicle of more than seven years of age is impounded as specified by this chapter, it will be kept in custody for a minimum of ten days for the purpose of determining ownership, the contacting of the registered owner by United States mail, public service or in person for a determination of disposition; and an examination of the Illinois State Police stolen motor vehicle files for theft and wanted information.  At the expiration of the ten-day period, without the benefit of disposition information being received from the registered owner, the chief of police shall authorize the disposal of the vehicle as junk only.
  3. A motor vehicle or other vehicle classified as an antique vehicle is excluded from this chapter.
(1970-M-15: § 10)