What is the length of time for property to be considered abandoned?
A car was left at the shop for work (just a back yard shop) but the guy didn't come back for 7 1/2 years. Had the car crushed 2 months ago. Now he shows up and wants his car. What am I looking at?
First of all, many states require such repair shops (no matter how large or small) to be licensed or registered or something similar) and if you aren't so licensed or registered, the statutes may provide for automatic damages including the return of vehicles without payment of fees and so forth.
Absent any of those requirements, abandonment of property within the state of South Carolina is usually or must be usually escheated to the state after a certain length of time so the owner can be located and notified or the owner can look up to see if his or her tangible property is available.
However, it appears you waited more than most people waited and have a sufficient basis to refuse his request and basically tell him he abandoned the vehicle at your shop for 7.5 years. If he wants the value of the car, he needs to sue you and go through a long process. He most likely won't. But do your homework. Contact your state's treasury department and attorney general for references or more information.