Abandoned Vehicles and Metals
New “Tow and Scrap” Vehicle Disposal Program, Starting July 2023!
- “Tow and Scrap” Vehicle Disposal Program (full details)
Maui Island residents will now be able to tow and scrap their qualifying unwanted vehicles at no additional cost when using the new Maui County Tow and Scrap Pilot Program. To use the program residents may call one of two county vendors to schedule a towing appointment from an easily accessible spot to the disposal facility, Hammerhead Metals, in Puʻunēnē.
Residents in Central, South and West Maui must call D&D Towing (808) 871-1185, and those in East Maui must call Maui Tow and Transport (808) 871-9184.
The resident must possess the Maui County DMV title for their personal vehicle and a matching government-issued ID. On the appointment day, the vehicle owner must follow the tow truck to Hammerhead Metals and submit the title and show their ID directly to onsite staff. For full Eligibility, Requirements, Instructions, Frequently Asked Questions, and the Hammerhead Intake form, click the links below!
- Tow & Scrap Eligibility, Requirements, Instructions
- Tow & Scrap Frequently Asked Questions
- Tow & Scrap Intake Form
- Tow & Scrap Registered Owner Checklist
Note: Don’t want a tow? You can still bring in your vehicle for disposal and “Scrap” your car at no additional cost to Hammerhead Metals WITHOUT using the towing option as long as your residential vehicle meets the same documentation requirements as listed in the Tow and Scrap program.
Dispose of Vehicles Properly
If you do not qualify for the Maui County Tow and Scrap Vehicle Recycling Program and you need to dispose of a vehicle, you should take it to a scrap metal operator permitted to take vehicles. Call for fees and instructions:
- Hammerhead Metals Island Recycling Ph: (808) 280-8844
It is a crime to dump a vehicle along the road, in a field, or anywhere. The owners will be fined and will be required to pay all charges for removing and disposing of the vehicle. It is NOT free to abandon a vehicle. If you abandon a vehicle, your driver’s license may be suspended in all 50 U.S. states.
Do the right thing -Don't Dump Your Junk!
Abandoned Vehicles Process
Park Smart - Don't Get Tagged and Towed
Do NOT store your vehicle parked along the road. If your vehicle is not going to be used for a long period of time, move it fully onto your property. Vehicles parked along the roadside for extended periods of time are subject to being determined as “Abandoned.” (Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Ch. 290; Maui County Code, Ch. 10.48)
If tagged with the orange “Abandoned Vehicle” sticker, it may be towed within 24 - 48 hours to the County of Maui storage yard and the vehicle’s owner will be required to pay all charges. Removing the Abandoned Vehicle sticker will not prevent your vehicle from being towed. Only moving the vehicle off the road, onto your property, will prevent it from being towed away.
Reporting an Abandoned Vehicle
Your report will assist us in quickly locating suspected abandoned vehicles, initiating the required investigation, and removing these vehicles from public streets, municipal parking lots, parks and beaches.
Only vehicles abandoned on public property and tagged by the Maui Police Department may be removed by the County of Maui. If a vehicle is abandoned on private property it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove such vehicles (HRS, Ch. 290-11).
If you would like to report a suspected abandoned vehicle located on a public road or public property, please call the Maui Police Department at (808) 244-6400, and select “0” to file a report.
Have the following information ready:
- Specific location of the vehicle, for example, in front of what address, the nearest cross street, distance from nearest landmark, etc.
- License plate number, if available
- Make of the vehicle
- Type and color of the vehicle
- How long the vehicle has been at this location
Claiming an Abandoned Vehicle
Abandoned vehicles that have been taken into custody by the County of Maui may be claimed by the legal or registered owner at the County’s Abandoned Vehicles office. Please call first to make an appointment. The office is located at:
Abandoned Vehicle Office
Wells Street Professional Building
2145 Wells St., Suite 305
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: (808) 270-6102
Fax: (808) 876-4601
To claim the vehicle the owner must:
- Present a valid driver's license or State-certified pictured identification at time of payment
- Pay all towing charges and other related charges by credit card, cash, or money order prior to the release of the vehicle
- Sign a removal agreement
- Remove the vehicle from the storage facility as arranged
Pay Abandoned Vehicle Expenses OnlineFees associated with abandoned vehicles that have been taken into custody and disposed of by the County of Maui may be paid using our online system. The legal or registered owner will still be responsible for charges until the total outstanding balance is paid. Any credit card holder may pay fees towards an outstanding balance. The credit card holder does not need to match the person notified on the “Demand for Payment” letter in order to pay. A credit card fee of 2.35% will be automatically added to the total of the outstanding balance when using the online payment system.
To use the online payment system, the payer will need:
- The “Demand for Payment” Reference Number
- The License Plate number of the vehicle
- The “Outstanding Balance” amount