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Old 09-19-2012, 06:18 PM
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I have to go to work bright and early in the morning and need to know what to drive.

Option 1) car: I have no proof of insurance and a ticket to prove it. (I do have insurance, just not a card yet. The old card only just expired. The bill has been paid, but I haven't gotten the new card yet)

Option 2) truck: Battery is not secured in with a bracket, a blown foglight (its dark when I leave the house in the morning and when I leave work at night), and I have no parking permit on this vehicle and run the risk of a parking ticket.

As far as the battery thing in the truck goes, its about a 10 mile commute, roads aren't too bad and the only drastic elevation changes occur on the bridge and in the parking garage. Regarding the parking permit, I could talk to security in the morning. I doubt they'll care or make note it but it doesn't hurt to try.

The headlight thing for the truck and the insurance thing for the car, theres nothing I can do about that at this point in time.
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umm, truck 2. foglight not necessary to drive with. headlight yes, fog light no
Old 09-19-2012, 06:23 PM
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As long as you don't turn the foglights on so it's obvious that one is out. I think, if you have foglights, they need to function to pass state safety inspection. At least in VA. You won't get pulled (or asked to turn them on to prove they work) but if one is lit and the other is out, you are risking it.
Old 09-19-2012, 06:45 PM
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For inspection in NJ, they only do emissions. At least thats what I was told last time I went through. With my luck the past few weeks, I'd get a ticket for having it out. Keeping the fogs off I could probably get away with it. Its a wiring issue and haven't been able to get it into the shop.

I think I'm going to take the truck in the morning. I think the proof of insurance thing for the car is probably (but not necessarily justifiably) my biggest concern. This never happened to me before so I don't know how to accurately define the hierarchy of my present woes.
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Can you go on the insurance company website, log in, and download a proof of insurance card, then print it? I know that Progressive has that feature available, and I think State Farm either has it, or an agent can email it to you. It seems reasonable that just about all the insurance companies would have the same. Maybe you can even access the info on your smart phone, and show it that was, if you are stopped.
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Truck 1, and just go dl proof of insurance on the providers website....... Or if u have a smart phone as stated above just simply pull it up on there and photo the image of your current screen if you have an iphone (press power + home button together)
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Originally Posted by Boatless33 View Post
I have to go to work bright and early in the morning and need to know what to drive.

Option 1) car: I have no proof of insurance and a ticket to prove it. (I do have insurance, just not a card yet. The old card only just expired. The bill has been paid, but I haven't gotten the new card yet)

Option 2) truck: Battery is not secured in with a bracket, a blown foglight (its dark when I leave the house in the morning and when I leave work at night), and I have no parking permit on this vehicle and run the risk of a parking ticket.

As far as the battery thing in the truck goes, its about a 10 mile commute, roads aren't too bad and the only drastic elevation changes occur on the bridge and in the parking garage. Regarding the parking permit, I could talk to security in the morning. I doubt they'll care or make note it but it doesn't hurt to try.

The headlight thing for the truck and the insurance thing for the car, theres nothing I can do about that at this point in time.
Dayum, I wish I had your problems. If that is all you have to worry about you should be happy.

Hop in whatever you feel like in the morning and head to work. You will be fine.
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The chances you will get Pulled over a second time is Astronomical,carry your old card since your policy # stays the same on renewal.
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I just went to check it out on the provider's site. "Due to pending policy activity..." Essentially, it won't let me access it either because it was renewed 4 days ago or because my recent change of address screwed it up. Whatever the cause, I can't download it. Can't say I'm surprised. Can't catch a break these past few days.
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Is there a reason you THINK you'll get pulled over? Are the local LEOs aware of you for a reason you may not have told us?
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Option 1.

Most likely the ticket will be reduced once you show proof.

Btw...i'd trade you problems anyday.
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Stop by your agent's office and he'll probably give you one on the spot. As far as NJ inspection, yes, it's only for emissions, BUT all the old rules are still in effect. You must still comply with the same safety laws as before.
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I don't know, but it sounds like there is no insurance on the truck either.

10 miles to work you say.....well you should probably start walking now.
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I do have the proper proof of insurance on the truck.

No reason I'd get targeted or pulled over. My concern is more so about getting hit by someone else than it is for getting pulled over for my own wrong doings behind the wheel, i.e. speeding

There is no possible way for me to drop by the agent's office, at least not until tomorrow and I am sure the issue will be resolved by then. Its over an hour away and I don't have the time today to make that drive.

And yes,things could be much worse. Just another daily aggravation that I could have done without.
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lame lame lame, my insurance company emails or faxes copy of insurance cards and coverage at any given time within minutes even to the tag office

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