Hurricane Harvey may go down as the most-expensive natural disaster in the United States’ history, but that means individuals, companies and other groups are doing as much as possible to ease the burden on those affected.
General Motors isn’t sitting back and announced a number of initiatives and steps it has taken to help not just its customers, but everyone affected by the natural disaster.
In the immediate future, GM has waived all charges for vehicles equipped with OnStar to gain access to emergency services, guidance and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. One million vehicles in the Texas and Louisiana area will be eligible for the temporarily-free services. Additionally, GM Financial has begun assisting its customers with payment arrangements and is waiving any applicable fees. Customers may also be eligible for a 90-day payment deferment as well.
Hurricane Harvey is estimated to send 500,000 vehicles to the scrap yard, and in order to put those affected behind the wheel again, GM will offer $1,000 towards the purchase of any new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac. The rebate will be good through October 2, 2017, and can be applied in addition to any other incentives.
On the recovery front, GM has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts across the areas of Texas and Louisiana. GM’s personal employees have raised another $50,000 in four days. The automaker is also beginning to move used vehicle inventory to local Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships to provide rental cars and courtesy transportation for hurricane victims. For those in need of vehicle repairs, GM has expedited the shipment of service parts, including electronic components, engines, transmissions and batteries to the region.
Local employees are giving their all as well. GM workers at the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas, assembly plants are filling three semi trucks full of personal care items, bottled water and non-perishable food.