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    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 9th Jun 17, 2:35 PM
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    Best way to get illegal car shifted?
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    • 9th Jun 17, 2:35 PM
    Best way to get illegal car shifted? 9th Jun 17 at 2:35 PM
    So there is a car parked awkwardly in my road (taking up two car's worth of spaces) which has no tax, MoT, or insurance. It's been there two weeks and is unlocked although being an automatic in (P)ark, it can't be moved easily. Tried jacks under wheels but still can't shift it; too much weight/friction on the jacks.
    Have reported it to DVLA and Council but nothing happens. I don't suppose the police are interested either. Any suggestions for expediting it's removal?
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    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 9th Jun 17, 2:37 PM
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    Know anyone with a tractor?

    Leave the windows/doors open and see what happens?
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 9th Jun 17, 2:45 PM
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    Tin of petrol and a box of matches.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 9th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
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    Tin of petrol and a box of matches.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    Smart idea; and I go to jail for arson!
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 9th Jun 17, 2:59 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 2:59 PM
    Know anyone with a tractor?

    Leave the windows/doors open and see what happens?
    Originally posted by Herzlos
    I dunno; you tell me? Most likely some neighbours would close the doors as they'd be blocking the pavement.
    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 9th Jun 17, 3:25 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 3:25 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 3:25 PM
    There's been an abandoned car with no tax, MOT or presumably insurance in my street for at least 18 months. Has been reported to police on many occasions including by the community warden nothing done so don't hold your breath!
    Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving . Albert Einstein.

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    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 9th Jun 17, 3:41 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 3:41 PM
    Smart idea; and I go to jail for arson!
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond


    And if you move it you could be prosecuted for criminal damage. If you move it too far and get caught, TWOC.


    If you can't tell the difference between a serious suggestion and sarcasm, then internet forums must be quite a challenge.
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 9th Jun 17, 4:26 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 4:26 PM
    Same advice as on all the other dumped car threads, really.

    And don't get caught!
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 9th Jun 17, 6:00 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 6:00 PM
    And if you move it you could be prosecuted for criminal damage. If you move it too far and get caught, TWOC.


    If you can't tell the difference between a serious suggestion and sarcasm, then internet forums must be quite a challenge.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    Distance isn't an issue for TWOC.
    • Mags_cat
    • By Mags_cat 9th Jun 17, 6:06 PM
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    My automatic car has a small recessed "hole" that you poke a thin stick into to "reset" the gearbox to neutral. It's on the gear lever assembly. It's so you can tow it / put it on a low loader if it fails whilst in Drive.

    If you can reset it, you'll be able to roll it / tow it away.
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 9th Jun 17, 6:08 PM
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    Car dolly set under the front wheels, take off the handbrake and roll it into the middle of the road and call the Police.

    Your looking at £40-£60 for two.

    The reason the DVLA are not interested is either the owner is untraceable or the owner has a foreign sounding name.
    Last edited by Strider590; 09-06-2017 at 6:13 PM.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

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    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 9th Jun 17, 6:34 PM
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    Doesn't the council have a duty to deal with abandoned cars and can one hold them to it?
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 9th Jun 17, 6:45 PM
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    Doesn't the council have a duty to deal with abandoned cars and can one hold them to it?
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond
    Refer to my last post, it depends who owns it.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 9th Jun 17, 6:53 PM
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    I see your idea with moving the car to middle of the road but I am in an inner city area and would be seen by many people so if police ask questions, I or anyone who moves it could be in trouble.
    • vikingaero
    • By vikingaero 9th Jun 17, 6:58 PM
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    My automatic car has a small recessed "hole" that you poke a thin stick into to "reset" the gearbox to neutral. It's on the gear lever assembly. It's so you can tow it / put it on a low loader if it fails whilst in Drive.

    If you can reset it, you'll be able to roll it / tow it away.
    Originally posted by Mags_cat
    A lot of Japanese cars have an easily identifiable slot that you can poke a screwdriver into to release the park lock mechanism. On cars that have this hidden then you can lift up the gaiter/trim.

    Once done, push the car into an awkward position so the Police have to do something about it.
    The man without a signature.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 9th Jun 17, 7:47 PM
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    Its a Vauxhall Astra 1999; apparently you have to lift the gearshift cover to get at the mechanism but it looks all plasticky and like it would take some time and investigation to get the thing off; again I don't want to do that in a busy area or in fact have anything to do with the car directly. I did try to roll it to a better position so it doesn't take up two spaces but no luck due it it being an auto.

    I was really asking if anyone knew which authority should deal with it (police, council, dvla) and how to best make THEM do THEIR job. Sorry if this was not clear in my OP.
    Last edited by EdGasketTheSecond; 09-06-2017 at 7:53 PM.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 9th Jun 17, 8:50 PM
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    Refer to my last post, it depends who owns it.
    Originally posted by Strider590
    No it doesn't.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 10th Jun 17, 8:33 AM
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    It's an automatic in P. It's unlocked. Have you tried just getting in and moving the gear selector to N?
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 10th Jun 17, 8:53 AM
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    Tried jacks under wheels but still can't shift it; too much weight/friction on the jacks.
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond
    I've moved a car sideways with a trolley jack. Lift one axle at a time and push. If the road surface is uneven try putting a board under the jack.

    Don't forget to take the handbrake off. Move it in short sections, I would put bricks ahead of the car to limit how far it rolls.
    Last edited by Norman Castle; 10-06-2017 at 8:58 AM.
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    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 10th Jun 17, 9:49 AM
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    Refer to my last post, it depends who owns it.
    Originally posted by Strider590
    No it doesn't.
    Originally posted by AndyMc.....
    If you think the law is applied fairly and evenly across these lands, then you're sadly mistaken.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
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