Brands Offering Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Discounts

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - September 24, 2018

Several major car brands are offering assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Those affected may be eligible for disaster relief discounts and perks like Employee Pricing as well as no payments till 2019.

Here's a brief list of automakers offering these programs, with some additional tips worth knowing about before heading to your local dealer. Brands are listed alphabetically and offers may be subject to change.

Updated 3:38 pm

BMW $1,000 Disaster Relief Credit

What's Available: BMW is offering a $1,000 Disaster Relief Credit for those affected by Florence in the states of North & South Carolina.

To claim the incentive, you'll need to show proof from your insurance company that your vehicle suffered a total loss.

Most vehicles are eligible, with minor exclusions being specialty vehicles like the M2 Coupe and limited-production "CS" versions of the M3 and M4.

Worth Knowing: The program is due to expire January 2 and can be combined with other incentives for buying or leasing.

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Fiat Chrysler $500 Disaster Relief Bonus

What's Available: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is offering a $500 bonus toward the lease or purchase of most models, including the new RAM 1500.

To qualify, you'll need to be a resident of North Carolina or South Carolina with a valid insurance claim showing damage as a result of the hurricane in September.

Since it's a bonus, you can combine the offer with most other incentives through January 2, 2019.

Worth Knowing: Noteworthy exclusions are the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, SRT models, Wranglers and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

There are also some quirky exclusions like the Chrysler Pacifica L, Jeep Cherokee Latitude, Jeep Compass Sport, Dodge Challenger SXT, among others.

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Ford A-Plan Pricing + Deferred Payments

What's Available: Ford is offering "Hurricane Disaster Relief Family Pricing" to those affected. This is essentially an extension of Employee Pricing, known as Ford A-Plan. As far as discounts go, this is probably one of the best.

As a bonus, Ford Credit is also offering a 120-day deferred payment option, which means you won't have to make your first payment till 2019. Expect to see the best deals on remaining 2018 models like the Escape and Explorer.

Worth Knowing: As usual, limited-production vehicles like the Ford Focus RS, F-150 Raptor and Shelby GT are excluded from this and other promotions. Lincoln is offering a similar promotion as well.

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GM Disaster Relief: Up To $1,000 Off Most Models

What's Available: GM is offering an extra $1,000 Disaster Relief Bonus toward purchases and $500 when leasing. To qualify, you'll have to provide a copy of an insurance claim form showing vehicle damage as a result of the Hurricane.

Chevy, GMC, Buick and Cadillac are all participating and there are practically no exclusions. Since it's a bonus, you can combine the offer with most other rebates and financing incentives.

Worth Knowing: The offer is available through October 31 to residents of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

"Standalone" offers like this month's 14% off deal worth up to $5,641 off MSRP on the 2018 Terrain aren't compatible. In cases like that, you may be better off taking the huge discount over the $1,000 bonus.

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Hyundai $750 Disaster Relief Coupon + Deferred Payments

What's Available: Hyundai & Genesis are offering a $750 Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Coupon. We're also seeing a 90-day payment deferral option for those in select states.

To get the discount, you'll need to show a letter from your insurance company listing the make/model of your vehicle and the fact that it incurred damage in September as a result of the storm.

The payment deferral is available when financing through Hyundai Motor Finance. It's compatible with promotional financing offers and terms of up to 72 months.

Worth Knowing: Both programs are set to expire January 2 and there are no model exclusions. Whether it's the affordable Elantra to the all-new Santa Fe, feel free to choose the model that bests suits your needs.

We aren't seeing any residency restrictions for the discount, but the payment deferral is listed as only available to those living in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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Kia $500 Hurricane Florence Recovery Bonus

What's Available: Kia is offering a $500 bonus on all 2018 and 2019 vehicles for those affected by Hurricane Florence in the states of North & South Carolina.

There are no exclusions to speak of, and the deal can be combined with other incentives.

Worth Knowing: Although the offer has an expiration date of October 1, we suspect it will be extended.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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