Albany, NY - May 28, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a consumer alert warning used car buyers from purchasing storm damaged cars. A link on the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck allows consumers to immediately determine whether a used vehicle is a “flood car” from Super Storm Sandy or damaged following other storms or circumstances. Approximately 400,000 vehicles were flooded following Hurricane Sandy.
“The monumental devastation caused by Super Storm Sandy left an opening for unscrupulous individuals to try to sell salvaged vehicles to unsuspecting consumers,” said Governor Cuomo. “The information posted on DMV’s website can help consumers avoid the costly expense of purchasing a flood damaged vehicle.”
The NICB’s VINCheck permits anyone to enter the vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine the status of the vehicle. If the vehicle had been declared as salvage by a VINCheck-participating NICB member insurance company, the NICB site reports both the date of loss and the cause of the damage.
DMV Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala said, “The link on our website provides consumers a fast and easy way to discover whether the vehicle they are looking at is still road worthy.”
NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said, “We are united in our efforts to prevent fraud and protect innocent consumers from unknowingly buying a vehicle that has been salvaged as a result of Sandy. NICB appreciates the opportunity to help protect consumers that Commissioner Fiala has given us by hosting the VINCheck link on the DMV website.”