Cars registered to the wrong address in western Mass.

This often happens when people move out of town or out of state

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – You may want to double-check where your car is registered.

Around the country, drivers are finding false information on their vehicle registrations, including their home address. This often happens when people move out of town or out of state.

“I could see it where it could happen this being a border town but there is that responsibility when you move you have a checklist of things you need to do,” said Mary Peterson of Greenfield.

This also has happened in Franklin County. People have been found with their cars registered in neighboring towns and states, like Vermont and New Hampshire.

“Being really close to Vermont and New Hampshire, I think some people probably do it as more of a convenience stand-point and aren’t really thinking about the consequences,” said Barbara Jacque of Northfield.

Insurance premiums are higher in more populated cities and towns. There are consequences to using incorrect information.

“If it’s found after an accident that you’re actually living in a different town, the company has the right to to deny claims based on information that hasn’t been provided to them,” said Bob Gilmore of Gilmore & Farrell Insurance.

Gilmore told 22News, there are ways to save money on your premium. Many carriers offer savings if you pre-pay your premium in full. You can also bundle your car insurance with homeowners insurance for a discount.

Gilmore said insurance premiums in Franklin and Hampshire Counties overall, are pretty similar to southern Vermont and New Hampshire.