NOTICE TO VEHICLE OWNERS
If you do not know yet, effective October 1, 2005, you are required by Public Act 493 and 495 of 2004 to do one of the following when selling or transferring a vehicle:
1. Accompany the purchaser to a Secretary of State office to assure the vehicle title is transferred, or
2. Maintain a record of the sale for at least 18 months
A "record of the sale" means either a photocopy of the reassigned title or a document that includes the name, address, driver's license number, purchase price, date of the sale or transfer, vehicle identification number and signature of the new owner or purchaser. A person who does not maintain a record of the sale is responsible for a civil infraction and subject to a $15 fine plus costs, state assessments and other statutory penalties.
Abandoning a vehicle is prohibited under the Michigan Vehicle Code and a person who fails to redeem an abandoned vehicle before disposition is responsible for a civil infraction with a civil fine of $50 plus costs, state assessments and other statutory penalties.
Abandoning a vehicle is also violation of the Natural Resources And Environmental Protection Act. A person abandoning a vehicle is responsible for a state civil infraction and is subject to a civil fine of not less than $500 or more than $2,500 for the first occurrence and not less than $1,000 or more than $5,000 for subsequent occurrences.
The last titled owner is presumed to be responsible for abandoning the vehicle unless the person provides a record of the sale as defined above.