Natural disasters often bring out the best in people, but Better Business Bureau® serving Eastern Oklahoma also wants consumers to prepare for the worst. BBB® is warning consumers to be on the lookout for individuals who may be trying to sell flood damaged vehicles on the used car market.
The Oklahoma Attorney General office sent out a warning about this scam reminding consumers the official definition for "flood damaged vehicle" means a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle that was damaged due to being submerged in water at or above the dashboard. It was also noted that a flood damage disclosure must be completed by owners of cars entering Oklahoma from another state when applying for a title.
Right now it is estimated that flooding has damaged one million vehicles. As the cleanup efforts continue, it is likely that these early estimates will grow and, therefore, important that consumers know how to identify this scam. Here are eight tips for recognizing a flood damaged car:
If you discover a flood damaged car being sold in Oklahoma report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 405-521-2029 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and to BBB Scam Tracker.
This information was taken from the press release disseminated by the Oklahoma Attorney General office. Read the entire statement here.
For more helpful information on purchasing a pre-owned car read BBB Tip: Buying a Used Car for guidelines.
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