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October 26th, 2020
It’s hurricane season, and Louisiana has already seen damage. But information on how to prepare and protect yourself and your vehicle is as important as ever.
We’ve compiled some of the most important information car owners need to know before, during, and after a hurricane hits.
Whether you are hunkering down for the storm or are waiting for evacuation orders, it is important to make sure you are ready for whatever comes next. Following these tips can mean the difference between being prepared, and scrambling to protect your vehicle from hurricane damage at the last minute, potentially putting yourself at risk in the process.
If you need to evacuate through a hurricane-damaged area, or while the hurricane is ongoing, follow these safety measures:
If your vehicle was exposed to flood water in a hurricane, it is likely to have suffered severe damage and may even be considered totaled by your insurance company and need to be replaced. However, before it can be determined whether your car can be saved, you need to follow these steps.
Buyer beware when shopping for a used car after a major hurricane, even if you live outside of the area affected! Flood damaged cars don’t always end up off the market, even if they’ve been totaled by your insurer – they could be repaired then shipped outside of their original region to be resold to unsuspecting buyers.
Although cars that have been totaled and rebuilt are supposed to be issued a new “salvage” title that plainly declares if they were flood-damaged, some use obscure letter or number codes to do so. Other times, rebuilt cars are incorrectly issued clean titles.
Even if a car has been dried out and looks fine, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive. Floods can damage vital electronics like the airbag controller, corrode major mechanical parts including the engine, cause rust and mold, and more.
You can also look for evidence of prior flood damage, including:
If you suspect the vehicle you are considering purchasing may have been in a flood, Carfax offers a free flood damage check as well.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you don’t deserve to be swamped by your medical bills or suffer from lost wages as you recover, especially when you were hurt through no fault of your own.
Let Dudley DeBosier help you. Contact our firm today for a free case consultation.