A new law now in effect is designed to protect Alabama consumers from unknowingly buying a flooded car or truck that has been rebuilt. The state Legislature passed the flooded vehicle law March 2, and it took effect when Gov. Bob Riley signed it.
Riley says the law is needed because an estimated 750,000 vehicles were flooded during last year's hurricanes in the south. Many of them are now being rebuilt and Alabama could have become a dumping ground for the vehicles because most other Southern states already had a flooded vehicle law.
Under Alabama's new law, water-damaged vehicles that are totaled out by insurance companies and then rebuilt will have to carry the words "flood vehicle" on the title. Before a salesman can sell one of the vehicles, he will have to notify the customer in writing of the vehicle's past.
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