MPI issue flooded vehicle warning

Published: November 2, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has warned drivers in the province that they must be pay attention when purchasing a vehicle from the United States in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The public monopoly auto insurance provider says that the Texas and Florida natural disasters this summer damaged more than one million vehicles. Many owners may try to offload these cars north of the borders, meaning potentially thousands of water-damaged vehicles could be on the market.

Flooded vehicles cannot be registered in the province of Manitoba, MPI warned, while they are not allowed across the border. Wars Keith, vice-president for the company cautioned customers to research the vehicle before a purchase.

Looking for flood damage in the car history is a good start, with MPI suggesting services like Carfax and CarProof. If seeing the vehicles, consumers should check for signs of water damage, such as musty odors and damp, rust, or dirt in strange areas.