General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Sheriff's Office

Vehicle Abatement

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office administers the state-funded vehicle abatement program. The program is designed to remove abandoned vehicles that possess a hazard or public nuisance. Once a vehicle is tagged, a contracted tow company removes and disposes of the vehicle.The program does not cover motor homes and travel trailers.

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For information or questions regarding vehicle abatement please call Sheriff's Dispatch at (530) 621-6600.

Before calling with questions about the program, read the following Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to help you better understand the program.


Frequently Asked Questions

 How do I get an abandoned vehicle removed from my property?

    Contact Sheriff's Dispatch to request vehicle abatement. The Patrol Deputy will verify the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) number and place a "Notice to Abate Vehicle" on the vehicle.  He will also notify the registered owner and the property owner. The registered owner and property have 10 days to contest the abatement. The vehicle will be towed and disposed of by the contract tow companies. The Patrol Deputy also checks the to see if the vehicle is stolen.

  How long does it take to remove an abandon vehicle?

    It depends on the location of the vehicle. Vehicles located in extremely remote locations will take longer. Once the vehicle has been tagged, the Sheriff’s Office will generate a report, wait 10 days, and hand out the paperwork to the tow companies. The tow companies have 10 days to check on and remove the vehicles.

 How do I get my abated vehicle back?

    You have 10 days from when the vehicle is tagged to contest the abatement. Contact the Sheriff's Office to request a hearing  to determine if the vehicle is in violation of County Ordinances.  The tow companies have legal rights to dispose of your vehicle through a licensed dismantler or scrapyard.

 Why won’t they remove my neighbor’s yard car?

    A vehicle must be in violation of County Ordinances 10.16.010 or 10.12.210 to be abated. The program does not cover violations of CCRs within neighborhoods. It also does not cover mobile homes.

 Who is the current contract tow company?

    Crystal View Towing
    6529 Pony Express Trail
    Pollock Pines, CA

    Extreme Towing
    3025 Alhambra Drive #205
    Cameron Park , CA

    G&O Towing
    7515 Green Valley Rd
    Placerville, CA

    Tony's Tow Service
    6221 Enterprise Dr
    Diamond Springs, CA