Future of My Car

Brandon Baldwin

We are just coming off the peak of the car show season showing our own cars or working at the Seaway Cruisers Car show.  We can see the end of the season in sight.  We may not want to think about it right now, but we should also think about the future of our cars.  Of course, you may be thinking about what will you be doing to store your car for the winter.  This would include battery storage, fuel system drainage or stabilization, using Bounce sheets to keep the mice away, and something to keep the snow or moisture away from the finish.  Yes, this is all true, but have you thought about what to do with your car once you aren’t the one driving it anymore?  Of course, this may be a morbid thought, but many of us have noticed that almost everyone at the car shows are senior citizens.  I’m bringing this up because this isn’t only happening here in the North Country, but all over the US and Canada.

I’m going through the process of figuring out the paperwork for my father’s cars.  What do you do when you don’t have paperwork for a car that is sitting in the barn, and it’s been there so long that you can no longer go back to the original owner for a lost title because they died years ago?  What do you do when you can’t find the title to even a car that is currently on the road but have lost the title?  Here is a solution for the second problem: https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/replace-title-certificate

If you aren’t the type to go on-line, you can go to the DMV to ask questions and even get the right paperwork going.  This effort on your part will make the effort on your children’s part much, much easier.  One of my trips to the DMV, I had the luxury of hearing a gentleman who was going through his father’s things after death, but he had left little to no paperwork behind.  The unfortunate part was that some of the machinery would have to be destroyed because he had no proof of ownership.  I don’t want this to happen to my worldly goods, and I know my father doesn’t either.  That’s why I had to put this in our letter.  

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