By on September 20, 2018

This time last year, automakers were busy offering discounts to Houston-area residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. With Hurricane Florence now leaving billions of dollars in damage in her wake, we appear to be settling into an new trend of annual incentives stemming from natural disasters. It’s like truck month for a very specific and unfortunate consumer group.

While none of the current deals are on par with replacing a vehicle obliterated by the storm, they are nice little incentives that could help influence your purchasing decisions. CarsDirect compiled a short list of the manufacturers offering discounts if customers can prove their automobile was lost to an Act of God this month.  

Ford is offering “Hurricane Disaster Relief Family Pricing” to those affected, which is basically A-Plan employee pricing for non-employees. Ford Credit is also offering a 120-day deferred payment option, meaning customers won’t have to make their first payment until 2019. A-Plan excludes limited-run models like the Shelby GT and Raptor, though it has been extended to Lincoln models.

General Motors has its own Disaster Relief pricing on offer through October 31st to residents of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Customers can expect $1,000 off when purchasing or $500 when leasing practically any Chevy, GMC, Buick, or Cadillac vehicle on the lot. To qualify, individuals must provide a copy of an insurance claim form showing vehicle damage as a result of the hurricane.

For its part, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering a $500 bonus toward the lease or purchase of most models for residents of North or South Carolina. However, shoppers must bring in a valid insurance claim showing damage as a result of the hurricane in September. Exclusions include the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, all SRT models, Jeep Wranglers, the Dodge Challenger SXT, Chrysler Pacifica L, Jeep Cherokee Latitude, Jeep Compass Sport, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Meanwhile, Hyundai and Genesis have a $750 “Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Coupon.” The pair are also offering a 90-day payment deferral option for those living in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Both programs are set to expire on January 2nd and neither seem to contain any model restrictions.

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