Used Car Concerns in Wake of Floods

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago October 28, 2005 Oct 28, 2005 Friday, October 28 2005 Friday, October 28, 2005 1:41:29 PM CDT in News

But that's not what happened with salvage cars cleaned up and sold by State Farm insurance. The Attorney General says more than 250 Missourians bought used cars without having any insight of their past.

"That person is paying the full price of the car like a car that was normal but if you buy a car that has a salvaged title or prior salvaged title and pay the full price on that and if you discover there is a problem. You can actually file a lawsuit against the dealer or who ever does that," explained car dealer O.U. Ukoha.

A month ago, consumers who bought the cars received a letter from State Farm insurance advising them they were eligible for settlement money. Now, Missouri's Attorney General put the VIN number of the salvage cars online so that other owners can find out if they had one.

"They can look up this information online to determine whether a vehicle they had at one time was one that should have had the salvaged title on it and they can weigh their legal options," explained Attorney General's Office spokesperson Scott Holste.

State Farm will pay a $40 million settlement nationwide. Owners can accept the settlement or hire an attorney. There are far fewer consumers affected in Missouri than in other states. 30,000 people nationwide are eligible for State Farm compensation.

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