Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and Attorney General Jeff Landry are encouraging victims of the flooding event this past weekend in New Orleans to be proactive vehicle consumers.
“In the aftermath of a natural disaster, it is important for consumers to be aware of the warning signs of a flood damaged vehicle,” said Landry. “If you are in the market to buy a used vehicle – be sure to inspect it carefully, looking at hidden parts or crevices to check for flood residue which are indicators of the vehicle having water damage. My office will not stand for fraud, especially following this flooding event that has negatively affected so many in New Orleans.”
“Even as we are preparing for the peak of hurricane season, the flooding in New Orleans this weekend is a sobering reminder that bad weather can happen at any time,” said Donelon. “If anyone affected by the flooding has questions or concerns about their insurance policies or how to file a claim, I urge them to contact the Department. We have staff standing by to answer questions as our citizens start the process of cleaning up and taking stock of damage.”
Attorney General Jeff Landry offers the following tips to recognize a flood-damaged vehicle:
About the Louisiana Department of Insurance: The Louisiana Department of Insurance works to improve competition in the state’s insurance market while assisting individuals and businesses with the information and resources they need to be informed consumers of insurance. As a regulator, the LDI enforces the laws that provide a fair and stable marketplace and makes certain that insurers comply with the laws in place to protect policyholders. You can contact the LDI by calling 1-800-259-5300 or visiting www.ldi.la.gov.