Once a vehicle has been left unattended for over five days on open public or private property in West Virginia without permission it is considered to be abandoned. A vehicle can also be classified as abandoned after three days if it is left on private property without the consent of the property owner. After a vehicle has been abandoned it is possible for another individual to obtain the title if they adhere to the established laws.
Contact the nearest local law enforcement agency regarding the abandoned vehicle after recording its license plate number and vehicle identification number. A law enforcement agent will recover the vehicle. If it is on private property and the individual notifying the law enforcement agency is not the property owner then the property owner will be given 30 days before the vehicle is removed.