The Importance of Renewing Your Vehicle Registration
Taking care of our vehicles can, at times, pose a burden on our already hectic day-to-day life. There is plenty that goes into being able to drive and having a vehicle that meets the law’s standards. Auto insurance, maintenance, repairs, and of course, obtaining the vehicle inspection sticker—these are just some of the requirements that drivers are expected to meet. Without renewing your vehicle’s registration, you’ll find yourself pulled over and being issued a ticket for a situation that could have easily been avoided. We’re here to further illustrate exactly why you need to keep up with renewing your vehicle’s registration.
Having to Face Potential Traffic Penalties
One major consequence that comes with violating traffic laws is the effect that it has on a driver’s auto insurance policy. Due to the fact that issued tickets are collected on our driving records, insurance companies use this information to determine how high or low your insurance payments need to be. Not only does a driver’s insurance rate go up due to lack of updated vehicle registration, but this can also occur when a driver is issued a speeding ticket, running a red light, fails to stop at a stop sign, and so on. With this being said, it’s evident that simple mistakes can lead to ponderous consequences.
The Ability to Contest Vehicle Registration Citations
Depending on the state in which you reside, there is a possibility that you may or may not be able to contest a citation for your vehicle registration. Most states grant you the ability to challenge a ticket through a formal appeal process. In the case that this may be possible, it would be best to have a lawyer to fight for you and represent you in front of a traffic court judge. A time frame is also set for you to find a lawyer willing to fight for you, so even then, options can be limited. It’s important to keep in mind that things may not always go your way. Whether you have the option to fight a ticket, it’s never worth the risk.
Vehicle Registration: A Requirement and a Form of Protection
Proof of vehicle registration often comes in the form of the sticker that you place on your windshield on the lower-left corner and your vehicle’s license plates. These forms of registration can come in handy when damage has been done to your car or if it has been stolen. Furthermore, this can also come in handy when a driver has tried to violate your vehicle with theirs. If you can collect their license plate number, that’s all that the police may need to be able to track down the driver. These forms of registration are also intended to help you and keep you safe during your travels.
Proof of Insurance: Doing Your Part
When you have your vehicle registered, this automatically shows the police that you are paying for insurance. No one can legally own a car without paying insurance. That’s the law and that’s how it’s always been. If you get pulled over for missing your registration due to the fact that your vehicle isn’t insured, this can call for an even larger fine and possible jail time. Auto insurance is much more than a monthly bill you have to tend to. Without insurance, you can lack representation and financial support when you need it the most. After all, you never know when you might find yourself in a car accident. If your car is insured, it is crucial that you take the next step of registering your vehicle as well.
Verifying Your Vehicle’s Information
When purchasing a used vehicle, age is one of the most important factors to look at. When people are trying to sell a vehicle, sellers may underestimate the life of the make and overvalue the price. You can easily avoid being cheated out of your money by assessing the car’s registration to know the exact age of the vehicle. Registration for vehicles can provide you with much more information than one may have thought!
The Huerta Law Firm: Defending You On and Off the Road
The Huerta Law Firm is empathetic to our client’s busy lives. Whether you need assistance with even the simplest tasks, we’re here to help. Traffic violations or not, we’ll assist just the same. Contact us to learn more about how we can guide you with your legal needs.