What happens to unclaimed vehicles? Though the specifics vary by region, typically vehicles that remain unclaimed after 30 days, after the vehicle owner has been appropriately notified, are eligible to be sold at public auction. Related articles How do I find a towed vehicle? What if my vehicle is damaged when I get it back? What do I need to retrieve my vehicle? Does AutoReturn run unclaimed vehicle auctions? What if I think my vehicle was towed in error?