Jesse White Warns Consumers to Beware of Flood-Damaged Cars

White says titles for potential flood vehicles will be closely scrutinized in an extra effort to protect consumers

 Jesse White Warns Consumers to Beware of Flood-Damaged Cars
White says titles for potential flood vehicles will be closely
scrutinized in an extra effort to protect consumers


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning consumers
interested in purchasing used vehicles to beware of
flood-damaged cars resulting from flooding caused by Hurricane Ida or other natural disasters.

“We are taking steps to ensure that flood-damaged vehicles
from hurricanes do not receive clean titles in Illinois,”
White said. “While my office will do everything it can to
protect Illinoisans, it is always important that consumers
also take active steps to protect themselves from purchasing
damaged vehicles.”

In an effort to protect Illinois consumers, White has
instructed his office to closely monitor title applications
involving potential flood vehicles. This includes ensuring
vehicles coming from counties impacted by flooding are
properly identified and labeled as flood vehicles when
applicable.

White urged consumers to gather as much information as
possible about a vehicle before making a purchase. Consumers are encouraged to obtain a National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVITIS) vehicle history report by
visiting https://vehiclehistory.bja.ojp.gov/.

In addition, White said that CARFAX is providing a link
to check for flood vehicles. To visit the free link, go to www.
carfax.com/flood.

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