The disastrous effects of Hurricane Harvey
As the nation watches the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, naturally the most important considerations are the safety and well-being of the men, women, and children affected by the disaster. In the case of Harvey, flooding has been and will continue to be a problem in coastal areas.
After any such disaster, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) works with its member companies, law enforcement and private companies to identify vehicles that have had an insurance claim filed and to process them for sale. All of the cars will be retitled with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the new title will indicate the fact that the vehicle has been flood damaged. Most of the vehicles are sold to parts companies who will dismantle them and re-sell usable parts that were not damaged by the flooding.
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is also entered into the NICB's VINCheck℠ and the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) database.