Consumers Warned of Flood-Damaged Vehicles
Ohio Insurance Director Jillian Froment issued a consumer alert urging Ohioans to be cautious in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma when purchasing a used vehicle. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates 1 million refurbished vehicles with concealed flood damage could appear on the market outside of hurricane-hit areas.
“We are stressing to consumers the importance of becoming more informed about the used vehicle they are considering,” Froment said. “Obtaining a vehicle history report and enlisting a trusted mechanic to conduct an inspection are strongly recommended. Flood damage can compromise computer and safety mechanisms and also likely make the vehicle uninsurable.”