Originally Posted by BallisticMT
I am in the military and have gotten screwed by volunteering for a 1 year duty that is going to turn into 3 years or so in the middle east. Im going to put the bike into storage instead of selling it, and don't talk me out of it I've made up my mind and wont have to make payments anyways while in a combat zone (soldiers&sailors relief act). What do i need to do as far as maintenance and stuff? I don't have a family or anybody else to help me out on this.
If you are AD, you can forget about shamming on that loan. Unless you incurred the debt before you came on AD which mainly applies to guard and reserve folks, then you can not avoid it by claiming the SSRA. USAA or somebody might do you a favor by reducing your CC rate to 6 percent or something, but its not mandatory. You are mainly just protected from them repossessing it if you don't pay the payments or something while you are gone. I got lucky one time and got a certain bank to reduce my rate to 6 percent, and they back dated it to my loan origination date and ended up cutting me a check
, but the payments were still due.
To answer your question though, I have had several vehicles/bikes/furniture stored for loooong periods of time on several occasions and have come back to find everything from exploded batteries to rusted chains. Following the advice already posted should help you out, but 3 years is an extremely long time to leave any type of motor vehicle just sitting. If you opt for government storage, a lot of times they have people to start it up and the like and that may be your best option. If you choose to be reimbursed for storage and procure your own, then it may be better to just sell it. Good luck
*edit* And if you sell it, you can come back and buy a brand new second generation S1KRR