The National Insurance Crime Bureau has launched a free online database of hurricane-damaged vehicles and boats, reports Auto Remarketing. As of press time, NICB executives said 70,000 vehicles are listed in the database, with more added daily. The Web address is www.nicb.org. The database contains vehicles from Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana. Law enforcement is utilizing the latest techniques to obtain the VIN numbers, including using barcode scanners to send VINs directly to laptops in the field. Carfax recently estimated that up to 571,000 vehicles may have been destroyed as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Carfax said it is also working with law enforcement state agencies and private companies to make sure all hurricane-damaged vehicles are properly branded. Experian has been working in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealers Association to identify hurricane-damaged vehicles. NADA members can obtain free branded title information by calling (800) 509-5489. This service offers NADA members damage information on up to 25 units per dealership through the end of the year.
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