Niche Stories

On the Road Again

November 21, 2014
Niche Stories | 2 minute read

Winter is coming, and that means that many owners of luxury properties will be visiting their cold-weather getaways. Whether one winters at a home on the edge of a frozen lake or in a Mountainside ski cabin, it is likely that he or she will have one or more vehicles on the property. And in many cases those cars, trucks, snowmobiles, and other modes of transportation have been sitting unused for many months.

While we don’t offer vehicle insurance, we do feel that it is important for owners of luxury homes – and the professionals who care for them in the off-season, to make sure that their investments are protected. For starters, getting a safety inspection on any vehicle that has sat idle for any length of time is critical. That’s because plastic and rubber parts can degrade and put drivers and passengers at risk. Checking brakes, inspecting for leaks, and assessing tire wear are absolutely essential steps that should be taken before putting the key in the ignition.

It’s also important to make sure that vehicles and not been damaged while they are in storage. This can be important for liability issues, especially if a property owner discovers that a vehicle may have been damaged during a construction or renovation project. Documenting all wear and tear may seem like an extra step, but in the long run it can pay big dividends.

ATVs and snowmobiles may not face the same legal requirements for inspections as cars and trucks, but it is imperative for them to be checked for rust and other damage that could jeopardize the health and safety of any occupants. Be sure to have a trained professional look over your winter recreational vehicles before taking them out for a spin.

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