Storing a vehicle that does not run is not as simple as parking it and letting it sit. Most states and municipalities have laws that say you must maintain the vehicle registration and insurance, keep it adequately protected, and avoid creating a neighborhood eyesore, to name a few. Not only will following these regulations avoid problems with the Department of Motor Vehicles, but they can also help you prevent citations written by local zoning enforcement officers and keep your property values from falling.
Insurance is Required
All states require motor vehicles to be registered, and most require vehicle insurance on all registered vehicles even if they are not in running condition. To save money on the insurance costs, talk to your auto insurance company about discounts for stored vehicles or changing to a pay-by-mile coverage if your company has that available. Depending on where and for long the vehicle will be stored, your insurance company may have a plan designed for people just like you.
A stored vehicle should have reasonable protection from weather, vandals and thieves. Do not place it under a tree limb that has died and is in danger of falling, for example. Additionally, the vehicle should be covered or placed in a position that does not interfere with those walking or driving by. Some localities require the use of a closed garage, while others allow open storing, placing the vehicle under a car port, or even the use of weatherproof car shrouds.
Limited Number of Stored Vehicles
Some areas have regulations regarding the number of vehicles you can have parked on your property. This number sometimes applies only to nonrunning vehicles, but in some jurisdictions it may apply to the number of vehicles that can be parked on the location by a single family or housing unit. Not every region has a restriction on the number of vehicles, and the ones that do have widely differing allowable amounts, ranging from one stored vehicle to as many as 10.
Avoid Creating Hazards
Your stored vehicle should not create a hazard to people or pets. This includes leaking fluids, broken glass and jagged metal. Many local laws require that the vehicle be moved periodically, and the grass or brush around the vehicle be kept in conformance with local zoning regulations. Not only does this preserve the appearance and property value of the neighborhood, it reduces infestations of pests such as ants, wasps, snakes and rats.
Where to Turn
Zoning laws for vehicle storage are often written at the city or county level. Because of this, laws will change dramatically from one local region to the next. The best place to look for regulations specific to your location is the closest branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles or the city or county zoning and ordinance division.
- Photo Credit junk yard image by Danuta Kania from Fotolia.com
Does Auto Insurance Cover Items Stolen From Your Vehicle?
Auto insurance can be difficult to understand, especially if you need to understand whether or not your loss is going to be...
How to Store a Car
Storing a car is not just a matter of park, lock and leave. Nasty problems can develop deep in the innards of...
How to Sell a Non Running Car
If you have a broke down vehicle in your driveway that you want to get rid of or have ever wondered how...
- How to Start a Non Profit Thrift Store
How to Request a Car Quote
Requesting a car quote can put you in the driver's seat when you are negotiating a car sale. By using a variety...
How to Put Transmission Fluid in Your Car
The transmission fluid in your car lubricates and cools the transmission. Without the right amount of fluid, the transmission can fail, lock...
How to Cancel Car Insurance in New York
Car insurance is required in all 50 states when operating a vehicle. The state of New York requires all registered automobiles to...
- What Is the Definition of a Non-Owned Vehicle in Insurance?
Classifications for Auto Insurance
Vehicles are put in several classifications. Car insurance companies take classifications into mind before deciding how much monthly auto insurance will cost....