NCDOT warns consumers to watch for flooded vehicles for sale - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

NCDOT warns consumers to watch for flooded vehicles for sale

RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau is warning consumers in the market for a new vehicle, to look out for flooded vehicles offered for sale following recent rains throughout the state.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the NCDOT says, the state of New York alone estimated that as many as 150,000 cars were totaled as a result of flooding during Superstorm Sandy last fall, including about 5,000 new cars at dealerships.

"We want to remind all prospective car buyers to be on the lookout for vehicles that may have been affected by floodwaters during recent rains in North Carolina and up and down the eastern seaboard," said DMV Commissioner Nick Tennyson.

Recent rains haven't reached levels of Sandy, but the National Weather Service reports they have measured 10 inches above normal over the past 90 days. According to DMV inspectors, this is enough to have covered some vehicles to the danger point of damage.

The best protection against fraudulent reselling of flood vehicles is to keep an eye out for signs of fraud and misrepresentation, whether the sale is initiated over the Internet or in person.

DMV License and Theft Bureau inspectors provide the following tips:

  • Check for rust around the vehicle, including under the hood, on parts like screws and bolts, and on the brakes behind the wheel.
  • Check the vehicle's interior and under the vehicle. You may see water lines where water settled. It is very hard to remove these stains.
  • Check all the electronics of the vehicle. Flooding sometimes will cause these systems to malfunction.
  • Check the seller's title to see if the vehicle has been previously branded "Flood or Water Damage."
  • Contact your local DMV License and Theft Bureau office for assistance in identifying potential flood vehicles.

Copyright 2013 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Threat discovered written on bathroom wall at Conway High School, 16-year-old charged

    Threat discovered written on bathroom wall at Conway High School, 16-year-old charged

    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:11 PM EST2018-02-24 22:11:36 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    A threat was discovered written on a bathroom wall at Conway High School, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page. The threat was “a derogatory statement about a teacher,” and was investigated by school officials and law enforcement. 

    More >>

    A threat was discovered written on a bathroom wall at Conway High School, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page. The threat was “a derogatory statement about a teacher,” and was investigated by school officials and law enforcement. 

    More >>
  • Hundreds attend HCS Educator Recruitment Fair

    Hundreds attend HCS Educator Recruitment Fair

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:03 PM EST2018-02-24 21:03:43 GMT
    Over 500 people attended the fair (Source: WMBF News)Over 500 people attended the fair (Source: WMBF News)
    Over 500 people attended the fair (Source: WMBF News)Over 500 people attended the fair (Source: WMBF News)

    Hundreds of educators filled Conway High School for the Horry County School District Educator Recruitment Fair. Like many states, South Carolina is facing a teacher shortage. 

    More >>

    Hundreds of educators filled Conway High School for the Horry County School District Educator Recruitment Fair. Like many states, South Carolina is facing a teacher shortage. 

    More >>
  • FCSO, coroner on scene of a body found in Timmonsville

    FCSO, coroner on scene of a body found in Timmonsville

    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:57 PM EST2018-02-24 18:57:04 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A death investigation is underway in Florence County after a woman’s body was found on the side of the road, according to Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. The woman’s body was found on U.S. 76 between Chaney Grove Road and Tolson Road in Timmonsville. The coroner is currently on scene and investigating along with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. Check back with WMBF News for more informa...

    More >>

    TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A death investigation is underway in Florence County after a woman’s body was found on the side of the road, according to Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. The woman’s body was found on U.S. 76 between Chaney Grove Road and Tolson Road in Timmonsville. The coroner is currently on scene and investigating along with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. Check back with WMBF News for more informa...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly