Consumer Alert: DMV warns of used car damage scam following Hurricane Ida

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— If you’re in the market to buy a used car, there is an online tool you can use to help spot if it’s been damaged or stolen, and New York’s DMV is urging you to check it out.

The DMV says the National Insurance Crime Bureau database should be used before buying a car, especially in the weeks and months ahead following flooding from Hurricane Ida.

People looking to buy a used car can enter the car’s VIN and learn if it’s had any previous issues. The department is stressing the tool because it warns some sellers will try to hide damage by taking the vehicle from a flooded area and getting a new title in a different state before trying to sell it.

As an added tip, the DMV says to be cautious when purchasing used cars with titles issued in mid-September this year, or during other hurricane periods.

You can also check out the DMV’s website for more tips.