Attorney General Todd Rokita warns Hoosiers to beware of purchasing flood-damaged vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Attorney General Todd Rokita is warning Hoosier consumers to watch out for flood-damaged vehicles when shopping for used cars.

Hurricane Ida recently brought widespread and devastating flooding throughout large portions of the southern United States. As affected communities begin to recover from the damage, car buyers around the country, including Indiana, need to be aware of the likelihood that increased numbers of flood-damaged vehicles will be offered for sale.

“We take action every day against individuals who have victimized Hoosiers by engaging in deceptive and unfair business practices,” Attorney General Todd Rokita said.

Flood damage to a vehicle is often catastrophic, and even if the most obvious damage is repaired, the vehicle can suffer long-lasting effects. Besides cosmetic and engine damage, floods can short out a vehicle’s electrical system and compromise safety features such as airbags and anti-lock brakes.

Floods can also cause mold and mildew infestation that can result in health issues for passengers long after a vehicle was submerged.

If a consumer suspects a recently purchased vehicle was flood-damaged, and such damage was not disclosed prior to sale, the consumer should file a consumer complaint at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral.

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