More than 100 automobiles parked at Darrell's Automotive

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SHIPROCK — The Shiprock Regional Business Development Office is seeking owners to pick up vehicles left at a closed automotive repair shop.

Darrell's Automotive closed in May, leaving more than 100 vehicles parked on the property, according to a press release from the office.

The office had been leasing the 2.5 acres to the business owner, located along U.S. Highway 64, approximately 1/3 of a mile east of the Shiprock Chapter house.

The office is part of a program operated under the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development.

It provides current and prospective small business owners with information and guidance about the tribe's business site leasing, business preference certification, business loans and other technical assistance.

Henry Silentman, senior economic development specialist for the office, declined to provide details about the business closure but explained when a business site lease goes into default, the property returns to the office.

The garage sits on a hill and is surrounded by an assortment of cars, trucks and SUVs.

For the office to prepare the business site for another occupant, the vehicles need to be removed, Silentman said.

Ten automobiles had been reclaimed as of today, he said.

"The effort is being made because we don't want to have more vandalism than there already is," Silentman said.

Because the office does not have keys to the vehicles, the owners are responsible for their removal, he said.

Owners will need to provide proof of ownership before any vehicle is released. According to information provided by the office, the individual must be the current registered owner of the vehicle.

If a person other than the registered owner is retrieving the vehicle, he or she will need to provide an official government photo identification or valid driver's license.

He or she also will need a signed and notarized statement from the registered owner granting permission for the named individual to retrieve the vehicle and a photo copy of the registered owner's photo identification.

Vehicles left on the property after Aug. 31 will be disposed of, the release states.

For more information about the vehicle reclamation process, contact Henry Silentman at the Shiprock Regional Business Development Office at 505-368-1315.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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