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Beware of flood-damaged vehicles, warns New York state DMV

Flood damage can have detrimental effects on crucial vehicle components such as the engine, transmission, wiring, airbags and computer systems.

News 12 Staff

Oct 3, 2023, 12:32 PM

Updated 263 days ago

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The state Department of Motor Vehicles is cautioning customers about the potential risks associated with purchasing flood-damaged vehicles.
Flood damage can have detrimental effects on crucial vehicle components such as the engine, transmission, wiring, airbags and computer systems.
Even if a car is bought from an area unaffected by flooding, it may have been previously located in a flood zone, with sellers obtaining a new title in a different state.
To check if a vehicle has been reported as salvaged or stolen, the National Insurance Crime Bureau's VIN-check tool is available. Additionally, the NICB provides a free brochure on their website with tips to avoid post-disaster fraud.
For further information and vehicle buying tips, visit the DMV's website.


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