When it comes to car ownership there are a lot of questions to keep in mind, from things as simple as the difference between a crossover and an SUV, to how to help your car handle the heat. One important thing to keep in mind is what paperwork should you keep in your car. There are three things you should have on hand. Whether you are in an accident, or want to be able to trade in your vehicle and purchase a newer one, these things can be very important to find quickly.
What paperwork should you keep in your car?
You should always keep three items in your car. Your vehicle registration and proof of insurance can stay in the glove box or someplace else where they will be easy to find and hard to lose. Your driver’s license is the third thing, and that should stay on you any time you are in a car. All of these may be requested if you are in an accident, or are pulled over for some reason.
You should have received this document when your vehicle was registered with the local vehicle agency. It shows that you can legally be driving the car on the road and you or a family member own it. A vehicle that is not registered should not be driven. This one is good to keep in your glove box or someplace handy in the vehicle in case you need to show it.
Proof of Insurance
Your proof of insurance, aka your insurance card and the paperwork that comes with it, is important. If you are pulled over you will likely have to show this to the police officer. Also if you are in an accident you will need to exchange this information with the other drivers in the accident. Also, it is illegal to drive without car insurance in most states.
This one should be a little of a no-brainer. In addition for being useful if you need a photo ID, your driver’s license is also very important to prove that you can legally be driving! You should not keep this one in your car, but should definitely keep it on your or easy to get to.
One document you should actually NOT keep in your car is your title! That should stay someplace else safe because it serves as proof of ownership.