I have a MD policy and have a flood loss in Illinois, I want to retain the vehicle they say I cannot. what is the rules for flood loss in Maryland?

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Insurance Question from Baltimore, MD

Asked on 10/04/2019

I have a MD policy and have a flood loss in Illinois, I want to retain the vehicle they say I cannot. what is the rules for flood loss in Maryland? what are the vehicle flood laws in Maryland? Does the title need to be tagged as a flood car? And can I retain the vehicle.

Answer given on October 15, 2019

If a vehicle suffers flood damage it is most likely a total loss to the vehicle. The damage can develop over time even if it does not show up originally. If you want to keep the vehicle, the best way to do this, is to accept the settlement from your insurance company, which will be the actual cash value of the car, less the comprehensive deductible.  Then ask them for the right to buy the vehicle back as a salvage vehicle. Most insurance companies will allow this.  The car will then be declared a salvage vehicle, and will show that on the official title.  Due to this, you may only be able to purchase liability insurance on the car going forward, so will not be able to obtain comprehensive or collision coverage.  If you shop around you may be able to find some coverage for the car but its value will be reduced in the event of a loss.


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