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Watching Out For Flood Damaged Vehicles


HARRISBURG – With officials estimating as many as 40,000 vehicles damaged by flooding from Hurricane Florence, the PA Insurance Department and PennDOT warn consumers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged cars being sold as undamaged new or used vehicles. Things to check for that may indicate a vehicle has flood damage include: water stains, mold, mud or sand under the carpets, seats, floor mats, inside roof cloth and under the dashboard; rusty metal inside the car; musty odors in the trunk and in the passenger compartment (especially when running the A/C or heat); oxidation under the hood; and brittle wires under the dashboard, speakers, and hood. A checklist of items that may indicate a vehicle is flood-damaged is available at, by clicking on “Auto” under “Insurance Coverage Resources.”

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