Raceway Becomes Parking Lot for Flooded Vehicles

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Where do you put the tens of thousands of flood vehicles from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey? Send them to the race track. The Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown that is.

Royal Purple Raceway is opening its grounds for temporary storage of the inoperable flood vehicles. Up to 100,000 vehicles could end there.

“We have 400 acres here capable of storing a large quantity of vehicles and we collectively made the decision to do what we could to help,” said Raceway vice president and GM Seth Angel.

The Raceway has also suspended all drag races through the end of the year to help with relief efforts. The normal race schedule starts up again in 2018.

On top of opening its grounds for the Harvey relief efforts, Royal Purple is also donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross Harvey Relief effort.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau also is sending out a reminder to car buyers to look out for flood vehicles making their way into markets around the country. Besides doing the standard AutoCheck, here are our tips for spotting flood vehicles. Be sure to also do a free VIN check at www.nicb.org/vincheck to see if the car is on the salvage list or is stolen.

The NICB says most cars deemed to be a total loss will get a new title indicating they are flood-damaged before being sold to parts companies who can dismantle them and re-sell any undamaged parts. But there will undoubtedly be some cars that are cleaned up and sold by owners and non-scrupulous dealers who won’t mention the flood damage.  Some could even be taken out of state and have their VIN number changed.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on the NICB website.

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