Posted on: Oct. 06, 2017 in Cars

After a while, your car will begin to give you signs that it’s on its way out. It may start requiring too many repairs or fixing it means putting more money into it than it’s worth. But sometimes life gets in the way and you find yourself in desperate need of a new vehicle with little warning. Maybe you’ve gotten into an accident or an act of nature comes along and destroys your car.


Many in the flood-stricken areas of the country have found themselves in just such a situation after the devastating hurricanes last month. Some may be fortunate enough to have had enough insurance on their vehicle that they’ll be able to replace their car with little trouble. However, for the many individuals who are upside down on their auto loan – that is they owe more than the car is worth – they may find they don’t have enough money to get a new car.

This isn’t the only consideration for those who live in storm-affected areas. With so many vehicles damaged, car lots may find their inventory is reduced rather quickly. In other cases, water-logged cars can end up back on the market where an unsuspecting buyer can get stuck with a dangerous or valueless car.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to replace your car, there are a few things you can do to make the situation less stressful:

  • Request a rental. Ask your insurance company if they can help with a rental car. This will provide you with the transportation you need while you search for a replacement car. Rental cars may also be scarce, but it’s worth investigating.
  • Choose your time wisely. Avoid shopping for a new car during the busiest times – evenings and weekends. If you can visit a car dealer midweek and early in the day, you’ll find fewer people on the lot with you.
  • Beware of cars with inflated sticker prices. With so many buyers and so few cars, dealers will be less likely to make a deal since they know someone else may buy it. When you need a car fast you may be tempted to pay more than you know you should, but doing so can leave you owing more than the car is worth and in financial trouble.
  • Inspect the car fully. Look the car over for any signs of water damage. Water marks on the interior or dirt caked into the dashboard, door, or trunk may be an indication that the car was damaged in flooding. Thoroughly check under the hood as well.
  • Hold out as long as you can. If you can, wait to buy a new car. When the mad dash at the dealerships dies down, you may find yourself able to get a better deal or have more options.

Replacing a car is a common first step to get life back on track after a disaster. Being able to get around town or return to work will help ease the difficult time ahead. You’ll likely be in a hurry, but slowing down to make the best decision possible can make all the difference.

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