Storms stretching across several states this summer created devastating floods that swamped an estimated 500,000 vehicles, according to industry experts.
Many of those vehicles will be scrapped, but some will find their way back onto the market. While selling flood-damaged cars isn’t illegal, the damage must be disclosed on the vehicle’s title. Less-than-reputable resellers have been known to leave this information off the title, leaving unsuspecting buyers with an unreliable car.
To help car shoppers in Sarpy County avoid unknowingly purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle, County Treasurer Rich James created a website with information and links to check a vehicle’s history. These searches are based on a vehicle’s VIN. If a vehicle has never had a salvage title, you probably will not find any information. However, if it was branded in one state and not another, it should show up with the original brand.
If you have questions about your vehicle’s title, you can call the County Treasurer’s Office at 402-593-2148, 402-593-2119 or 402-593-2108 or visit www.Sarpy.com.