Illinois Sec. of State warning shoppers for flood-damaged cars

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., (AP) -- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning used-car shoppers to beware of vehicles damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding.

White has informed his staff to closely monitor tittle applications involving vehicles potentially flooded in the hurricane.

The secretary of state's office will screen title applications from areas impacted by the flooding to determine if they are registered in a county hit by the flooding.

In order to get a clean Illinois title, applicants must submit a statement signed by the owner and verified by an insurance agent that no flood claim was filed.