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Now, I appreciate that this will interest very few of you, but those few
adventurers amongst you may find this interesting. (Roman, Clive, Renate et
al).
As most of you know, my 80 is registered 'offshore' , a ruse which suits my
often itinerant occupation and helps avoid the old communist mindset of
former socialist countries in which I work. (Requirement to be a registered
resident to register a car locally with the local secret police/KGB;
needing proof of earnings, copy of school graduation certificate (!), proof
of pension plan, medical exam certificate, negative aids test, employer's
name, proof of bank account, proof of health insurance, name of dog, etc.
etc.) Plus the inconvenience of meeting their 'technical' testing
requirements and suffering more frequent roadside stoppages for their
regular recreational hassle for cash.
Its made my life a lot easier anyway, but one small drawback is the issue
of insurance. One can get a foreign registered car insured in most
countries where that car is kept, and a car which of course crosses that
country's international border at least every 3 months to keep it all
kosher. (But cars don't have passports for them to stamp at the border).
Mine is insured by a local company in Sarajevo. But the big drawback is
that no insurer can issue a green card in these circumstances, not even the
better known British ones - better known for odd requirements that is. One
has to buy a 'pink card' border insurance certificate for each country that
one enters. This can be expensive, but also very inconvenient as one has to
use the larger crossings that have an insurance office, an office that is
usually open during common office hours, thus restricting times that one
may want to cross. Most of the border crossings here in the Balkans have
one man and his dog, who are more concerned with collecting bribes from the
cross-border cheese and fake cigarette and CD smugglers than anything else.
The appearance of a foreigner quite disturbs them and their schemes !
But I got whisper of an enterprising Austrian insurance broker who
teamed-up with a local insurance house to help people in this situation. I
have since investigated this and they do indeed offer a 12 month green card
insurance policy for third party with passenger injury cover. They have
even offered me a 30% no claims discount in recognition of the discount I
already get on the policy I have with the Sarajevo company.
The policy covers all Europe to the Russian Federation border, that is all
the 25 EU members states plus -
Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Albania, Andorra, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Belarus,
Croatia, Moldova, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia/CrnaGora, and Ukraine.
If anyone is seriously interested I can provide more info.
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus in Bosnia - where Spring has arrived !
 
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Jon
Please provide some more details, I am about to start planning
for Iceland. Thanks.
Clive.
On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 19:33:06 +0100, toy80 <[Email address removed]> wrote:
 
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Hi Jon
You have been quite lately, so I will start you off . Up to now I thought
that I would be able to drive any where in europe with my cruiser just by
telling my insurance company where i was going and for how long. Is this not
the case at all .
John c
92 HDJ 80 1HD-T Ireland
 
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JB wrote...
You have been quite lately, so I will start you off . Up to now I thought
that I would be able to drive any where in europe with my cruiser just by
telling my insurance company where i was going and for how long. Is this not
the case at all .
SNIP...
Quiet JB?, I take that as a compliment, thank you.
Naturally I can't talk for Eire insurance policies but in the EU they all
meet basic standards. Some still charge for a green card and others don't -
I assume that once you tell them, they send you a green card and its valid
for the duration of your trip or a fixed period they define. They usually
question if you are asking for one longer than 3 months as technically if
you are going to, say, France, for over 3 months, you are infringing the
rules about keeping a foreign registered car in another country
continuously for a set period - the 3 months maximum again. Its easy for me
as I have to cross borders regularly and the nearest is only 90 minutes away.
The same for you too Clive, if your insurer can give you a green card for
your destination within the time period that you request, then stick with
them as you will usually have all the benefits that the policy offers as if
you were driving to town for the shopping.
This insurance is basic and meets minimal requirements for cover unlike
your 'fully com' policy at home, but will allow you to have 12 months on
the roads of all W and part of E Europe, and they frankly couldn't care if
you are continuously in one place or obeying the 3 month rule, that is your
problem.
Sensible people I say :o)
So if you want to extend your trip and your usual insurer will not extend
the green card - though some will for 6 months given that you write a
declaration as to your movements - then this could be useful.
As with all these things in the offshore and privacy industry, the
paperwork is scant and is only issued when you get near to the deal, as its
off the mainstream of the business such companies do. But I do have a
scanned image of the green card issued by -
Generali Versicherung AG, A-1011 Wien, Landskrongasse 1-3.
The brokers are ARIS AG of Vienna - they have a German language website.
All they need is your VIN number, number of seats, and power of engine.
Oh, and I also forgot to mention that their insurance also covers Kosovo.
Doesn't mean much to you lot (unless you want to drive to Greece the direct
route) but its a very difficult place to run a vehicle as its a UN
protectorate with plates and insurance deliberately not recognised by some
neighbouring countries. So outside insurance cover is very useful. I have
also arranged for offshore plates for an aid agency there to get over the
'local plate' problem when they want to go into Serbia.
Hope that clarifies things.
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus in Bosnia - where it was +22C yesterday - with
1metre of snow cover !
 
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Thanks Jon, that is a clearer picture.
I don't know proper temp. but today has to have been the hottest
this year to date, must have been close to your 22 C.
Regards, Clive.
On Fri, 18 Mar 2005 08:58:13 +0100, toy80 <[Email address removed]> wrote:
 
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