Beware Of Buying Flood-Damaged Vehicles

The state is alerting consumers about the potential for vehicles damaged by Hurricane Florence down south to now be on new and used car lots in Pennsylvania. With some 40,000 vehicles estimated to have been damaged by flooding from Hurricane Florence down south, state officials say some of them could now be for sale in Pennsylvania. While consumers are often informed that a vehicle has been flood-damaged, in some cases they are not. As a result state Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman says people should look for signs of water damage to a car, and if they should knowingly purchase a flood-damaged car to be aware of the insurance implications. Altman says an insurer may also not be willing to provide comprehensive and collision coverage on a flood-damaged vehicle which would make it nearly impossible to get a loan on the vehicle.