Last year, EA started an event for Need for Speed Payback called Abandoned Cars. Every week, your game will update with an abandoned car left somewhere out in the world, just waiting for you to claim it.
These are cars that the Street Leagues may have been driving, but you previously didn’t have access to. You do now, and it’s free — but only for a limited amount of time.
In the recent June Update, all ten Street League boss cars were made available:
- Aki Kimura’s Nissan Silvia Spec-R Aero.
- Big Sister’s Ford Mustang.
- Faith Jones’ Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.
- “Gallo” Rivera’s Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8.
- Holtzman’s Chevrolet C10 Stepside Pickup.
- La Catrina’s Nissan Fairlady 240ZG.
- Mitko Vasilev’s Nissan GT-R Premium.
- Natalia “SuperNova” Nova’s Pagani Huayra BC.
- Udo Roth’s Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
- Underground Soldier’s Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (1993).
There was also an undetermined amount of “classic” Need for Speed cars added, and all of these now appear on a rotating roster between seven different locations.
Of course, you’re not just going to drive around looking on every street, like a chump. That’s where we come in. We got you covered fam.
How to Claim Abandoned Cars
It’s not enough just to reach the car. In true Need for Speed fashion, you’ll have to high tail it back to a safe spot with the cops on your tail.
You won’t be shown where the car is until you’re close enough. At that point there will be a special icon above the vehicle, you’ll see a notification and it will be marked on the map.
As soon as you enter the car, the Fortune Valley Police Department will start pursuing you like it was staking it out all along. You need to make it all the way back to Rav’s workshop to be safe, and the car will be yours.
Getting caught will reset the event, but there are no other restrictions. Take as much time as you want — but you do have to claim the car within its one week window.
How Can I Get the New Car?
Get ready to drive your fair lady around, because the newest abandoned car is the 1965 Ford Mustang Coupé. It’s the Big Sister version of the car, and you won’t have to drive far to get to Rav’s garage — find it at the Silver Lodge Casino in Silver Canyon.
Here’s where it is on the map:
And here’s what it looks like on location:
You’ll only be able to claim it this week, up until the 16th of October. At the stroke of midnight (UTC), it disappears. After that, who knows what Payback will give us — the Abandoned Cars event has already gone well into overtime (by a matter of months) and Ghost is repeating cars.
If the car has changed, be sure to check the seven locations they’re known to appear in. That said, this week’s abandoned car doesn’t appear to be in one of Payback’s usual locations.
Here’s the last week’s car in Payback, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI (Udo Roth version).
Before that was the beautiful Nissan Fairlady 240ZG:
And the week before, the BMW M3 E46 Most Wanted version:
The earliest rotation of abandoned cars were:
- Mazda RX-7 Spirit R (Silver Canyon)
- Volvo Amazon P130 (Mount Providence)
- Volvo 242 DL (Silver Rock)
- BMW M3 Evolution II E30 (Mount Providence)
- Plymouth Barracuda (Newhaven Cabins)
- Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (C10) (Silver Dam Lookout)
Don’t stick to the above locations, though. The abandoned car locations change every week. Be sure to check back here for details!
If you missed out on one of these abandoned cars, there originally wasn’t a way to get them in Need for Speed Payback. But since the start of 2018, Ghost has been rotating them regularly, so a weekly login should net you all of them.