Dealer gives away cars to Cumbrian flood victims

A car dealer that was hit by the recent Cumbrian flooding is giving away a car a day for a limited period to others who have been affected by the extreme weather and have been left without transport.

Kendal Honda has been posting the details of the free cars on its Facebook page. The first one it gave away was a 1999 Mercedes C-Class, which had been traded in towards the cost of a new vehicle.

Storm Desmond caused widespread damage earlier this month, with thousands of homes and businesses affected by flooding across the North West. Although floods of this magnitude are rare, it’s important that motor trade insurance policies recognise the possibility of disruption like this, which is outside your day to day control.

Kendal Honda’s idea to give in a trade car each day aims to help local people whose own vehicles had been written-off or badly damaged by the effects of the flood waters.

It wrote on its Facebook page: “We would like to donate one of our trade cars each day to someone you know who lives in our local area and has been affected by the recent floods.

“Hey, the cars may not all look much and they may have the odd bump and scuff but we will make sure they are safe and even put a 12 month MOT on them.”

Sales executive Daniel Grange told Metro that the idea had been well-received in the community and numerous people had applied for one of the free vehicles. To be eligible, applicants must have been affected by the floods. The recipient of that day’s car is chosen at random from comments left on a post on the dealer’s Facebook page.

The new owners are responsible for organising their own tax and insurance for the vehicles.