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Old 02-02-2019, 10:28 AM
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transplants telling us how things are done in Florida...….
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:52 AM
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I find the lack of safety inspection requirements for automobiles odd.
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:09 AM
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Thunder and Lightning storms. We occasionally get them up north, but nothing like Florida. We also
love a good fish market in Florida. Grouper, snapper, mahi-mahi, instead of the usual cod, haddock, and salmon.
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Rapscallion St Croix View Post
I find the lack of safety inspection requirements for automobiles odd.
Made me think about it so I looked it up.

Vehicle inspection in the United States - Wikipedia
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by NotGolfer View Post
What strikes me if most everyone I've met in FL are "transplants". That said though they tend to compare living here to where they came from and how much better this or that was back there. Wonder if it's an "oddity" of FL or just the fact people want what they had before and don't now.

We love it here and the balance of "would we want to battle snow, ice and cold?" or love out new place for what it gives us....Sun, warmth and a slower pace of living?
No it’s not an oddity of FL. I’ve lived in several States. All transplants miss something from their previous city. It’s only natural to want the best of your last home and your home now. FL/TV is a nice place to live but it’s not utopia. However, the pros outweigh the cons hence we choose FL/TV.
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:38 PM
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The racket of insurance companies required to replace cracked windshields, with no deductible...or raising your premiums.

Since the windshield repair companies know this, it costs on average about 2-3 times as much here (with the insurer paying)...as states that don't have this racket.

I believe at last count, there were only three states that have this law (Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina).

Not to mention, that it isn't the insurance companies...that eventually pay for this scheme.

Windshield Replacement Scheme (click here)

According to the Florida's insurance commissioner, windshield replacement schemes are driving up the price of auto insurance throughout the state.

The issue is most rampant in the Tampa Bay area.

It involves drivers with cracked windshields signing over their insurance benefits to repair contractors, some of which then pursue payments from insurance companies at inflated prices.

Known in the industry as "assignment of benefits," insurers say the practice has become riddled with fraud and abuse, often at no fault of the actual policyholder.

Under Florida law, windshield replacement claims cost nothing out of pocket for insured drivers, making it a lucrative opportunity for those looking to cheat insurance companies.

"Consumers are told that there is a crack in their windshield, and 'we can replace it right here in the parking lot for you," said David Altmaier, Florida's insurance commissioner. "We just need to sign this form please.' What this is is an assignment of benefits. They replace the windshield, and there is a dispute between the windshield company and the insurance company that goes to litigation. It begins to start to drive costs up."

According to Altmaier, there were 19,000 "assignment of benefits" related windshield claim lawsuits in the state last year.

That's up from less than 500 a decade ago
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:59 PM
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:50 PM
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by CWGUY View Post
Made me think about it so I looked it up.

Vehicle inspection in the United States - Wikipedia
When I lived here in the early 70's Florida had mandatory inspections every year. That was the only time you had to show proof that you had insurance. You guessed it, all these insurance companies opened offices around the inspection stations and would sell policies that people would cancel within a month. I think they charged the people for a month.

Speaking of inspection stations. All of the inspection stations were built by and owned by the state. There simply weren't enough of them, especially in South Florida, to keep up with a fast growing population. You could wait in a line of cars for 6-8 hours before your car was actually inspected. Cars would run out of gas, overheat etc while waiting in line. Then, if you got into the station and they found something wrong, they couldn't fix it. Not even a light bulb. You had to take your car to a garage and get the repair done because you had to bring a paid receipt from a garage back when you went for a reinspection to prove the work was done. Speaking of a reinspection, you once again had to wait in a line of cars for 6-8 hours to get back into the inspection station. I think they gave you 10 days to get the repair done and the car reinspected.

As you can see, it was a mess. Due to so many complaints and the state not being able to build and staff enough inspection stations to make it work, they just did away with inspections altogether.
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