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FEMA: How to find help repairing or replacing flood-damaged vehicles

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Much of the property damage sustained in recent flooding was to cars and homes. Some people were able to get their vehicles to higher ground, but others weren't so lucky. As repairing or replacing a vehicle can cost tens of thousands of dollars, FEMA can help, but victims have to make sure they've exhausted other options first.

Auto insurance and the Small Business Administration are two primary resources available to applicants who have damage to a vehicle resulting from a disaster, according to FEMA. But, if a victim can't get help through either organization, FEMA may be able to step in to help with the cost of repairing or replacing a vehicle that is no longer usable because of disaster-related damage.

  • The vehicle must be registered in the applicant's name or in the applicant's dependent's name.
  • The vehicle must be insured and confirm to applicable state laws.

An estimate may be required that explains the damage to the vehicle was a direct result of a Presidentially-declared disaster, according to FEMA. Transportation repair and replacement award amounts are set by the state on a yearly basis and FEMA cannot exceed the amount of transportation assistance established by the state. As such, it is prudent that victims with car damage who need FEMA assistance register a soon as possible to ensure aid is still available.

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