Secretary of State Jesse White is warning Illinois residents in the market for a used car to be aware of potentially flood-damaged cars from Hurricane Sandy.
As a precaution, the Secretary of State's Office will be screening all title applications from states affected by Sandy to see if the cars are registered in a flood county. The applicants must also submit a Hurricane Disclosure Statement in order to get a clean Illinois title. Those statements must be signed by the car's registered owner and the insurance agent at the time of the storm. If an applicant is unwilling or unable to supply that form, they will receive an Illinois Flood title only.
"We are taking every step possible to ensure that flood damaged vehicles do not receive clean titles in Illinois," White said. "In addition to the extra scrutiny these vehicles receive from my office, we are providing a link on our website to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's database of known hurricane damaged vehicles that consumers may check themselves."
The Secretary of State's Office is also encouraging consumers to have all vehicles inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.
You can visit the Secretary of State's website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
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