2019 Wyoming Statutes
Title 31 - Motor Vehicles
Chapter 13 - Abandoned Vehicles
Section 31-13-108 - Disposition of Abandoned Vehicles Impounded by a Police Officer; Payment of Expenses; Extinguishment of Liens.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 31-13-108 (2019)

31-13-108. Disposition of abandoned vehicles impounded by a police officer; payment of expenses; extinguishment of liens.

(a) As to vehicles impounded by a police officer having a retail value of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) or more after thirty (30) days have elapsed from the date notice was given as provided in W.S. 31-13-106, the sheriff shall sell the vehicle and its contents, if any, at public auction to the highest bidder or cause an action to be filed pursuant to W.S. 31-13-112(e). Notice of the sale shall be published once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the vehicle is impounded not less than ten (10) days preceding the date of the sale, giving a full description of the vehicle together with engine or serial numbers or marks, if any, and the amount of money claimed to be due thereon and the time and place of sale. All expenses incident to the removal, preservation, custody, sale and storage of the vehicle shall be paid and any proceeds shall be distributed pursuant to W.S. 31-13-111. After any vehicle has been sold under this section, the former owner, any lienholder or person entitled to possession of the vehicle has no further right, title, claim or interest in or to the vehicle or its contents, and all liens, encumbrances and security interests are extinguished.

(b) As to vehicles having a retail value of less than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) and impounded by a police officer, they shall be disposed of by contract to persons licensed under W.S. 31-13-114 or by public auction.

(c) Repealed by Laws 1989, ch. 256, § 4.

(d) Repealed by Laws 1989, ch. 256, § 4.

(e) Repealed by Laws 1989, ch. 256, § 4.

(f) The sheriff may sell for any person an abandoned vehicle as defined in this act and may charge a fee for the sale equal to ten dollars ($10.00) plus the actual costs of publication and all other costs related to the sale. Except as otherwise provided in W.S. 31-13-111(f), the proceeds of the sale conducted pursuant to this subsection less the expenses of the sale and the amount of any liens on the vehicle shall be given to the person on whose property the vehicle was abandoned.

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