You Have One Week to Claim These Abandoned Cars in ‘Need For Speed Payback’

Jeremy Ray
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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:

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:

NFSPB Abandoned Cars Silver Lodge Casino Silver Canyon map
Load your map to this location in Silver Canyon.

And here’s what it looks like on location:

NFS Payback Abandoned Cars Silver Lodge Casino Silver Canyon location
You'll find your abandoned car here.

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).

NFSPB Subaru Impreza WRX STI Abandoned Cars Udo Roth off road
NFSPB Subaru Impreza WRX STI Abandoned Cars Udo Roth off road

Before that was the beautiful Nissan Fairlady 240ZG:

Nissan Fairlady 240ZG La Catrina garage Payback Abandoned Cars
The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG, La Catrina version.

And the week before, the BMW M3 E46 Most Wanted version:

Need for Speed Payback Abandoned Cars BMW M3 E46 Most Wanted
The BMW M3 E46 Most Wanted.

The earliest rotation of abandoned cars were:

Need for Speed Payback Abandoned Cars Plymouth Barracuda
The Plymouth Barracuda

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.

Jeremy Ray
Managing Editor at FANDOM. Decade-long games critic and esports aficionado. Started in competitive Counter-Strike, then moved into broadcast, online, print and interpretative pantomime. You merely adopted the lag. I was born in it.
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