While Arkansas did not see the type of damage and flooding occurring in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas in recent weeks does not mean products from those states will not end up here—especially vehicles.
Residents who are considering a new or used vehicle have been contacting the Arkansas Attorney General's office to find out how to spot a flood-damaged car or truck and what is required of the dealer or seller, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said.
Consumers should review a vehicle's title for any flood damage reports. Arkansas law requires dealerships to place a separate disclosure in the window of cars for sale that have previously been submerged, but consumers should be careful if purchasing a vehicle through a private sale. Although the private seller is required by Arkansas law to notify the buyer of any flood damage, a posted disclosure is not mandatory for this type of transaction.
"Many dealers follow Arkansas law and provide the proper documentation when selling water damaged vehicles," Rutledge said. "But it is common following severe weather in our state and in nearby states for unscrupulous sellers to try and take advantage of consumers by selling damaged vehicles without proper disclosure."
Rutledge released the following tips for consumers shopping for a new or used vehicle:
For more information, call 800-482-8982, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ArkansasAG.gov.