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Now beware of Irma cars

September 22, 2017
Add certain Southeast U.S. counties affected this month by Hurricane Irma to the list of areas under scrutiny by the Illinois secretary of state’s office for flood-damaged vehicles. That comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey areas a few weeks ago.
The Illinois secretary of state on Sept. 10 began closely monitoring vehicle title applications submitted for vehicles registered in the Hurricane Irma-affected counties in regions of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The vehicles will receive a flood title designation unless the title application is accompanied by a natural disaster disclosure statement signed by the previous owner declaring that the vehicle was not in a natural disaster area or was not damaged. The scrutiny will continue for one year.
Close examination will continue for vehicles registered in Harvey portions of Texas and Louisiana until Sept, 6, 2018. For Irma areas, such scrutiny examination will lapse Sept. 10, 2018.
"We are taking every step possible to ensure that flood-damaged vehicles from the recent major hurricanes do not receive clean titles in Illinois," Secretary of State Jesse White said. "In addition to the extra attention 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 can check themselves." 
For Hurricane Matthew, which struck the Southeast about a year ago in some of the same counties, a similar protocol remains in effect through Oct. 2 because they were declared disaster areas after flooding and storm damage.