Many people move in the spring and summertime. There are college students either moving back home or to work an internship, families relocating due to a job change, and even military families moving for their PCS orders. Every move has it’s challenges and list of to-do’s – it can be really hard to remember it all! One area that can be easy to forget is the updates you’ll need for your vehicle. Here’s a shortlist to help remember these 3 areas related to your car when you’re moving.
- License, Registration, and Vehicle Insurance
This is listed first because it takes top priority. You need to get your license, registration/taxes, and insurance updated as soon as possible. There may be deadlines as to when you need to update your license before incurring a charge. In some states, you can apply for a state-specific ID card.
Make sure to check your registration – in some states, you can receive a partial refund if you won’t be a resident for the full year you’ve paid for. Do this AFTER you’ve registered in your new state and only if they would owe you at least $10. The amount of time needed to transfer your registration varies from state to state, so make sure to check this as soon as possible. It’s also required to be done in person. If you still have a loan on your vehicle, make sure to get a lien release letter, especially if you’re moving inland from Hawaii, and let your institution know that you’ll be moving.
Although your car may be properly insured where you live now, the coverage requirements may vary in another state. Make sure to contact your insurance company to update your information and check for proper coverage.
- State Laws and Regulations for Vehicles
What may have been fine in your previous state may be against the law in another. For instance, if you lived in a desert area like Arizona, you may have had dark window tint on your car to help keep the sun out. In states like Iowa, your front windows must allow more than 70% of light through the tint. Certain counties in California have specific vehicle emission inspection laws in place for smog regulation. Depending on your vehicle, you may be required to have emission checks done to receive biennial smog certification, done as part of your vehicle’s registration.
According to AAA, there are other states that have specific vehicle laws about what is allowed for modification or display. In Georgia, they don’t allow any non-transparent material on any of the windows that would obstruct the driver’s view. Maine gets more specific into the placement of certain stickers. If you’ve lowered or lifted your vehicle, it may not be allowed. If the gross weight is 10,000 lbs or less, the bumper can’t be less than 6 inches or more than 31 inches high.
- Maintenance for Your Vehicle
Different climates can require that you do different maintenance to your vehicle. If you’ll be moving from a colder, more northern area of the country to the warmer, drier south, you might want to check your tires and cooling system. If you’re tires or hoses a little weather-worn or not in proper working order, you could have problems in the south, especially the desert. Since it can be up to 60 degrees warmer, there is more pressure put on your vehicle, especially the rubber parts. If your hoses are cracked or worn, they could burst in the warmer temperatures. The same goes for your tires.
If you’ll be moving south to north, you’ll want to check your antifreeze levels. Since you weren’t as worried about your car engine locking up due to cold temperatures, you probably haven’t worried too much about it. Anti-freeze is essential to a well-running vehicle in the northern part of the country, especially in the late fall and winter months. This is even a good idea if your vehicle will be going through the mountains, either being transported or driven.
Moving can be hectic. Although these areas mentioned above can seem simple enough, they can be pretty easy to forget. Having a plan helps. As a quick recap, make sure to plan for a quick tune up and check before you move, check the new state’s regulations and laws to make sure your vehicle complies, and change your license and registration as soon as you can. And if you need help relocating your vehicle for whatever reason, Professional Auto Shippers will be glad to help. Contact one of our representatives and see how we can make shipping your car the easiest part of your move!