Hurricane Michael Aftermath: Alabama Sees Increase in Flood-Damaged Cars

We’re all opportunists in some respect, but it takes a certain type of villainous conman to scam people into buying a flooded car. Unfortunately, after Hurricane Michael tore up Florida and east Alabama, thousands of car shoppers around the country are, unbeknownst to them, being pushed into flood-damaged vehicles. And the problem has grown into a full-blown epidemic as the 2018 market has seen a 47% year-over-year increase in flooded cars being sold (500,000).

At Jim Burke Nissan, we have three words for these crooks: Shame on you. Because we’re always on the consumer’s side, we want to educate you on the issue—and how to avoid buying a vehicle that’s been through the water-soaked wringer. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our Birmingham Nissan dealership and service center receives about car flood damage.

Car Flood Damage FAQ

Is a flood-damaged car repairable?

Generally speaking, no, “car flood damage repair” isn’t really in the realm of possibility. Most car insurance companies write off a flood-damaged car because of the problems that can arise if “fixed.” Water-locked engines, short-circuiting wires, flooded transmissions—the issues can be pretty severe. Continue reading “Hurricane Michael Aftermath: Alabama Sees Increase in Flood-Damaged Cars”