Nothing sinister here. My elderly neighbour has a penchant for old MG’s. He has seen a car that looks dumped and would like to adopt it but needs to know who the owner is.
A mate of mine used to do council pickups of abandoned cars and often would end up with them, some were dumped with keys in and he even had some go straight through an MOT, typically they were utter rubbish though and just got weighed in for scrap.Not a chance in hell, thankfully. Data protection act. DVLA will only tell you if it has a registered keeper.
Councils can remove it (even on private land), and under law, they can dispose of it any way they like, including selling it to your friend for the cost of them removing it. They usually send them to auction or scrap though. Your mate might want to talk to them. Or put a letter on the window in case the owner see's it.
Can you claim if vehicle is on private property? (abandoned)If he thinks it’s abandoned he can attempt to claim the vehicle by filling in a v62 form and sending to DLVa
I think they Attempt to contact the last registered keeper To confirm status of vehicle
It can take a few weeks though