what's up with the Catch-22 with getting car insurance to clear Customs without an address on USVI? Not USAA
I've been searching for a few days trying to find a company that is licensed to sell auto insurance in both the USVI and the mainland US, USAA is the only one I've found that can do that. However, I'm am not eligible for USAA.
My current insurance policy is up on March 8th. I'd like to find a company that can cover me on the mainland and when I arrive on STT in May.
I'm trying to figure out how to get my car through Customs, If anyone knows of an agent who can do this for me when my car arrives, that would be great, perhaps the agent would know how to get the insurance or whatever is needed to clear Customs without a address. If you know of someone who can help me, please provide me with a way to contact them. What about getting a address through one of the mailbox places? .
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Looks you may just have to renew your stateside insurance and then cancel when you ship car. Talk to your present agent. Maybe you can renew for a shorter period but you should be able to get back any unused portion of insurance from dates you no longer require stateside insurance. It works that way for homeowners insurance when a home is sold or transferred.
Also remember that when you get auto insurance in the USVI it won't cover you in the 50 states unless you buy additional coverage.
Its hard to drive to the other 50 states from here.
I think his point is that if you go to the states and rent a car your policy here doesn't cover you.
I want to thank you and the others for all your help, you guys are awesome.
I own the car, I think until I know what is going on, I don't need any monthly car payments, I'm coming down there with a clean slate, no debts or monthly payments, not even credit cards.
It was a hard decision to ship the car, it's a 2005 Toyota Matrix, I almost decided to buy another car when I got there. But, I know this car, no unseen problems, I'd hate to buy another car that has someone else's problems. I think with the mileage, 131k I still have a couple of years of service, Toyota makes a damn good car, in my research for suspension to deal with potholes and bad roads, Toyota came in 2nd, believe it or not Honda was rated with the best suspension, above Range Rover.
I have someone who will help me with clearing the car through Customs and to deal with insurance when I get there. He'll even deliver the car to the airport for me to pickup. Now, this is the kind of help I was looking, my car problem is now solved.
Again thanks to all
About getting the car inspected, I have a "RED" light for the airbag on the dashboard, it's disconnected. The reason I disconnected it is because there is a recall on the airbag from Toyota. There is a chance that if the airbag is deployed metal fragments will fly out and act as bullets, it can be fatal. Instead of taking a chance of being shot by my airbag, I disconnected it.
I was thinking about taping a copy of the recall on the dash, so anyone who inspects the car will see the recall and know there is not a problem with the “RED” light, it was disconnected for safety until Toyota has the parts to fix the problem. I’ve called them twice in the last year and a half, with no date in sight as to when they will have the parts to fix the problem.
My fear is some tight ass inspector who doesn’t have the intelligence to see I’m doing the right thing because the rule book might say if there are any problems the car will not pass the inspection.
My question is, what is the criteria for the inspection? Do they nitpick, looking for any reason to fail a car,or fail an inspection if there is a real problem, bad exhaust system or anything else that may not work and make the car dangerous to drive?