Monthly Archives: November 2012

Junk Cars, Receipts, and Fraud

A major problem that arises with junk cars and receipts is fraud. In the case described in my previous blog, junk cars and receipts, the customers actually did sell their vehicles to a junk car removal service and were in search of a receipt. Other so called customers call Junk My Car companies looking for a receipt but actually never sold their vehicles at all. These type of people are looking for a proof or purchase for their vehicles, but their vehicles were never actually purchased; the vehicle owner still has possession of the vehicles.

These people are committing fraudulent activity. They are in search of a junk my car company that will make out a receipt for their vehicles so that either the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or their automobile insurance companies can pay them for their supposed junked vehicles, which were never actually junked. This type of activity is illegal and punishable by law. Junk my car companies have to be ware of these type of people. Operators should confirm with tow drivers that the vehicles in question were actually picked up before they make out a receipt for the vehicles.

Junk car removal companies on the Northern East Coast have been overloaded with flooded vehicles that have been damaged in Hurricane Sandy and are more likely to simply make up a receipt for a vehicle that a Fraudulent person is claiming that the company purchased. When a company is so overloaded with business, it is more likely to make mistakes such as making out a receipt for a vehicle that it never actually bought. Junk car removal and junk my car companies need to stay alert and be ware of people who are trying to get receipts for vehicles that were never purchased.

Beware of Used Car Owners Trying to Sell Flooded Vehicles

If you are planning to buy a used car in the near future, be careful that you do not purchase a vehicle that has been repaired from flood damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Many vehicles have been flooded in Sandy–old cars and new cars. A car can be as new as 2012 and have a perfect body condition–no dents or scratches–sparkly clean. Just because the vehicle is beautiful-looking and is eye candy to look at does not mean that the vehicle is mechanically intact and operable. A vehicle that has been recently flooded with salt water is definitely detectable. The vehicle will smell musty, and depending on how high the water reached inside the vehicle, mechanical problems will arise. Most commonly, the vehicle will not start.

Detecting a vehicle that has been flooded not so recently, will not be so easily detectable. The owner of the vehicle may go through far measures to clean up the vehicle to get rid of the musty smell. Furthermore, the owner may go to drastic measures to try to repair the vehicle, mechanically and go as far as selling the vehicle to another state that has not been hit my Hurricane Sandy. People in other states are less likely to stay on alert when buying used vehicles.

In order to make sure that you do not purchase a flooded vehicle, you can always contact the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. You enter the vehicle’s identification number to see if it is on record that it was ever flooded.

Unfortunately, potential car buyers at auto auctions do not have the privilege of contacting the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System before they purchase a vehicle at an auction. You have to take your chances at these events and hope that the vehicle is in good condition, mechanically. So, potential auto buyers at auto auctions must be extra careful when it comes to purchasing these eye candy vehicles that may have been flooded.

Driving a Vehicle is a Luxury Nowadays

Hurricane Sandy has made it evident that owning a vehicle is truly a Luxury today. To simply drive a vehicle is expensive and is indulgence, so to speak. It is becoming something that only the rich and comfortable can enjoy.

Many vehicles were damaged during Sandy. In zone A and B areas, hundreds of vehicles were flooded, and if you were fortunate to have a vehicle that survived a flood, chances are that your vehicle was hit by a fallen tree. Many people were, therefore, left with no vehicle and no form of transportation post-Sandy. Many of these people have resorted to renting vehicles, which is very expensive, not to mention the extra cost (and hassle) to put gas in the vehicle.

Before Hurricane Sandy, many people complained about gas prices. Now, post-Sandy, not only have gas prices remained at an all-time high, but gas is scarce and limited. Gas lines now extend for blocks and blocks, leaving drivers with no other option than to wait on lines for hours at a time. This is not to say that if you wait on the line for hours, that you are guaranteed gas. Take for instance, Jon Deresnio from Howard Beach New York. He waited on a gas line for four hours to only be thrown off the line because the gas station ran out of gas. There are plenty of stories where drivers have waited on lines (for even longer than four hours) to only be told that they are out of luck because there is no more gas left.

Not only do gas prices and the scarcity of gas prove that driving is a luxury, but there are many other expenses that come with owning a vehicle. There are registration and insurance fees as well as fees having to do with the up-keep of the vehicle. If you can afford driving a vehicle nowadays, consider yourself lucky.