Attorney General Pruitt Warns of Storm-Damaged Vehicles Sold After Hurricane Sandy
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt Wednesday warned Oklahomans to be aware of water-damaged cars from the East Coast that soon could be sold at Oklahoma car lots.
Among the many photos from this week’s devastating storm are images of cars floating in water. Once owners settle claims with their insurance companies, these cars could be repaired and resold to unsuspecting buyers in other states, including Oklahoma.
“By law, if a car has been damaged it should be clearly noted on its title,” Pruitt said. “However, unscrupulous sellers sometimes buy damaged cars cheap, make a few cosmetic changes and resell them at a high price.”
Here are a few tips to help protect Oklahoma consumers when buying used vehicles:
· Always purchase from a reputable dealer;
· Have a reliable mechanic inspect the vehicle before buying;
· Ask questions about the vehicle’s history;
· Thoroughly inspect the car inside and out for signs of rust, mildew, mold, water stains and dents;
· Do a search on the car’s title;
· Remember the old adage that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Pruitt added that buying a flood damaged car is risky and can pose numerous safety and health hazards that might not appear until the seller is long gone.
To file a complaint, contact the Used Motor Vehicle and Parts Commission at (405) 521-3600 or fill out a consumer complaint form online at http://www.umvpc.state.ok.us/forms.htm.
For more consumer information, tips and resources, go online to www.oag.ok.gov/oagweb.nsf/Consumer or call the AG’s Public Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029.