Abandoned vehicles and goods

Council holds abandoned vehicle auctions approximately four times a year. Find out when the next auction is on.

Council will investigate reports of abandoned vehicles and goods by making reasonable enquiries. Council may check:

  • the vehicle and goods condition
  • location of vehicles and goods
  • potential ownership
  • any registration.

Goods may include camping gear, tent, furniture or a vessel.

Council will try to find the vehicle or goods owner and have them remove it from council land. If we can't locate the owner, a notice will be placed on the vehicle or goods advising that it will be removed by a certain date. We may tow a vehicle immediately if it is a danger to public safety.

If an abandoned vehicle or good is not removed by the date on the notice, council will impound the vehicle or good.

If the vehicle or goods are not claimed within one month of being impounded, we will advertise it for 14 days. It will then be disposed of by public auction. Council may dispose of vehicles or goods of no value (e.g. damaged, missing parts or not roadworthy) without going to auction.

Unregistered vehicles not stored on private property are considered abandoned.

Reporting an abandoned vehicle

If you spot an abandoned vehicle, you can email Customer Service. Please include:

  • vehicle description including colour, make, model and registration number (where possible)
  • specific location to help locate the vehicle.

Note: abandoned vehicles on main or State controlled roads are managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Refer to the list of State controlled roads in the Sunshine Coast region (PDF, 188KB).

Impounded vehicles or goods

Owners who would like to collect impounded vehicles or goods must:

  • do so within one month of impounding
  • complete the release of vehicle form (DOCX, 217KB) (as required under state government laws)
  • send proof of ownership and photo identification (drivers licence, 18+ card or passport) which has been verified by a Justice of the Peace via email. Or you can bring proof of ownership and photo identification to a council customer service centre.

On receipt of proof of ownership and photo identification council will contact you to pay the release fees and any other applicable charges. You will also need to provide release paperwork so that you can collect your vehicle or goods. This must be shown time of collection.

The vehicle must be removed immediately upon receipt of the release paperwork.. Failure to collect the vehicle from the impound yard, may result in additional storage costs being charged by the towing company, in line with their terms and conditions or alternatively, they may disposed of or auction the vehicle.

Once council's impound and release fees have been paid, council does not have any further involvement in the matter.

Impounded vehicles list as at 23 March 2023

Date impoundedMake, model and colour Registration Location when impoundedReference number 
03/05/2022MG635DY5127-145 Ballinger Road, BUDERIMIV2200384
15/06/2022Toyota Corolla, Blue/Grey026IBX48 Millwell Road, MAROOCHYDOREIV2200501
29/07/2022Subaru Impreza, White 14 Rigby Street, NAMBOURIV2200653
21/08/2022Mazda, Red 2 Fifth Avenue, MAROOCHYDOREIV2200752
21/09/2022Ford Territory, Black580XTJ7/99 Lowanna Drive, BUDDINAIV2200837
12/10/2022MGPartial Rego: XXXZRS1 Caralan Way, BEERWAH  
15/11/2022BMW, Blue417BG712/2 Mantra Esplanade, BIRTINYAIV2201092
22/11/2022Unknown make, Blue/WhiteFD8926101 Pavilion Drive, PEREGIAN SPRINGSIV2201082
29/11/2022Boat and boat trailerEO827512 Picnic Point Esplanade, MAROOCHYDOREIV2201090
07/12/2022Holden Astra, BlueWYY96912 Pangarinda Place, MOOLOOLABAIV2201138
07/12/2022Mitsubishi, Grey 34-36 Anzac Avenue, MAROOCHYDOREIV2201173
09/12/2022Toyota Hiace, White982YJYSouth Sea Islander Way, MAROOCHYDORE
09/12/2022Landrover, Green053EM3South Sea Islander Way, MAROOCHYDOREIV2201228
09/12/2022Mitsubishi Delica, White 60 Enfield Crescent, BATTERY HILLIV2201141
12/12/2022Toyota Yaris, White511KLTTextile Avenue, WARANAIV2201183
13/12/2022Volkswagen, Silver453XHU4 Whitecap Court, BOKARINAIV2201185
14/12/2022Ford Fiesta, Blue 42/12 High Street, SIPPY DOWNSIV2201056
10/01/2023 Hyundai Santa Fe, Black 1-3 Claude Boyd Parade, CORBOULD PARKIV2300021
11/01/2023Holden Captiva, Gold 28 Pelican Waters Bvd, PELICAN WATERSIV2201244
11/01/2023Landrover, Black 8 Service Street, MAROOCHYDOREIV2201250
16/01/2023Holden Rodeo, White816CZ356C Queen Street, CALOUNDRAIV2300063
23/01/2023Mitsubishi, BlueBD24JGPlayview,  2/46 Kingsford Smith Parade MAROOCHYDORE IV2300025
23/01/2023Holden, White
36-40 Whites Road BUDERIM IV2201260
25/01/2023Holden Commodore, White
29 Hill Street, CURRIMUNDIIV2300038
25/01/2023VolksWagon Beetle, Silver182XEM29 Wright Street, MAROOCHYDOREIV2300047
30/01/2023Hyundai Accent, Orange639YXB58 Mansell Street, MERIDAN PLAINSIV2300058
01/02/2023Landrover, Red931VLFPark 49 Mansell Street, MERIDAN PLAINSIV2300073
02/02/2023Trailer and boat, SilverEX0004Bentley 5/10 Philipp Street, MAROOCHYDOREIV2300011
02/02/2023Ford Transit, White
107 Duporth Avenue, MAROOCHYDOREIV2300064
03/02/2023Toyota Corolla, BlackCTE87C31 First Avenue, MAROOCHYDOREIV2300078
10/02/2023Mazda, Silver536FG814 Ann Street, COOLUM BEACHIV2300126
13/02/2023Hatchback - burnt out wreck
40 Old Rifle Range Road, NAMBOURIV2300184
15/02/2023Toyota, Silver
17 West Coolum Road, MOUNT COOLUMIV2300190
16/02/2023Boat/Catamaran Troppo, White
25 Lake Weyba Drive, WEYBA DOWNSIV2300191
18/02/2023Trailer, BlackER705646 Marouba Street, MAROOCHYDOREIV2300147
20/02/2023Mitsubishi Magna, Red
Nelson Park, Katoa Street, ALEXANDRA HEADLANDIV2300138
28/02/2023Caravan, White240QUVKeith Hill Park Esplanade, GOLDEN BEACHIV2300202
06/03/2023Suzuki Ignis, Silver460ZMD57 Aerodrome Road, MAROOCHYDOREIV2300196
06/03/2023Motorised scooter, Black
Nelson Park, Katoa Street, ALEXANDRA HEADLANDIV2300248
09/03/2023Ford Territory, Black
72 Keith Royal Drive, MARCOOLAIV2300207
09/03/2023Volvo Se40, White560ZUT19 Irving Place, SIPPY DOWNSIV2300182
10/03/2023Mazda, Grey
33 Webster Road, NAMBOURIV2300203
14/03/2023Boat, Silver/White
2 Lamerough Parade, GOLDEN BEACHIV2300131
15/03/2023Holden Captiva, Silver
66 Landsborough Parade, GOLDEN BEACHIV2300217
15/03/2023Trailer, GreyDI24142 Kylee Crescent, MAROOCHYDOREIV2300233
22/03/2023Toyota Camry, Silver378LAB120 King Street, BUDERIMIV2300265
23/03/2023Ford Falcon, White
2 Tinarra Close, MAROOCHY RIVERIV2300274

Impounded goods list as at 6 February 2022

Date impoundedItem descriptionAddress impoundedReference number
28/06/2022A Frame & Wooden signUniversity Way, SIPPY DOWNSIMP22/00040
28/09/2022Bundle of steel rods
28/09/2022Steel tinnieEsplanade Golden Beach Keith Hill Park
01/12/2022 Round trampoline14 Peacock Crescent, BOKARINAIMP22/0059

Abandoned vehicle auctions

Sunshine Coast Council run regular auctions for all abandoned vehicles and unclaimed impounded items.

The last auction date was 14 January 2023.

Terms and conditions

  • full payment is required on the day of the auction (EFTPOS accepted)
  • items are sold 'as is'
  • council reserves the right to withdraw any vehicle advertised before the auction.
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We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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