Consumers in the market for a used car should be on alert for flood damaged vehicles originating from states recently hit hard by hurricanes and flooding.
Obvious signs of flood damage include condensation in headlights and tail lights, or mold or mildew on seats or carpeting. Unfortunately, many indications of flood damage are not this obvious. While most states require vehicle titles to indicate flood damage, some wholesalers may intentionally transfer titles to avoid having the damage noted. A car may look perfectly fine on the surface, but contain hidden damage that might not be immediately noticeable. For example, flood damage can compromise the car’s computer and safety mechanisms, which pose significant safety hazards.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, you may contact the Maryland Insurance Administration at 410-468-2000 or 800-492-6116. You may also visit our website at www.insurance.maryland.gov.
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