Junk vehicles on your property
Do you need to get rid of an abandoned junk vehicle?
Thousands of abandoned, junk vehicles lie rusting in yards, ravines, parking lots and open spaces throughout King County. In addition to being an eyesore, these vehicles damage the environment and attract more illegal dumping. However, getting rid of an abandoned junk vehicle is not always as simple as calling a wrecking yard to haul it away.
If you have the vehicle’s title
Visit the What do I do with…? site for a list of charitable organizations that accept donated vehicles or; look in the Yellow Pages (external) under auto wreckers or; call the State Recycling Hotline at 1-800-RECYCLE for recycling disposal options in your area.
If you own the vehicle but have lost the title
Visit the State Department of Licensing - Vehicle Services Division website (external) or call 360-902-3770 to get a copy.
If you do not have title to the vehicle
The Solid Waste Division provides a service to help you complete the steps necessary to have the vehicle removed. First make sure the vehicle meets the legal definition of a "junk vehicle". To qualify, a vehicle must meet at least three of the following four conditions:
If the vehicle meets the definition of a "junk vehicle"
Contact the King County Junk Vehicle Investigators online or call 206-296-4437, toll free: 1-800-325-6165, ext. 6-4437, TTY Relay: 711. Please tell us:
King County staff will schedule a time when they can inspect the vehicle and process a Junk Vehicle Affidavit, which can serve as the vehicle's title and allow the vehicle to be legally removed from the property and recycled. Expect a 6 to 8 week wait time for investigators to inspect vehicles.
If the vehicle does not meet the definition of a "junk vehicle"
You may need to have the vehicle impounded by a state-registered tow service.
This information does not apply to junk vehicles located:
It is the responsibility of the property owner to remove vehicles or to have them removed. King County cannot remove junk vehicles from private property and does not accept vehicles or major vehicle parts for disposal or recycling at county solid waste facilities.
Updated: May. 7, 2015