General Motors has mobilized to help victims of Hurricane Florence as best it can. The automaker announced on Tuesday it will introduce a few initiatives to assist victims and those recovering from the storm that brought torrential rains and flooding to North and South Carolina.
The biggest helping hand comes from OnStar. GM will activate OnStar for properly equipped vehicles dating back to 2006, even if owners aren’t subscribed to an OnStar service currently. Any owner of a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle in the affected area can press the blue OnStar button and be connected with an advisor. The advisor will transfer vehicle owners to specially trained advisors to provide information on emergency services and guidance to. Owners can also make phone calls and access 4G LTE Wi-Fi with the complimentary service.
Impacted customers are also eligible for deferred payments with applicable fees waived. Those who plan to replace their car after the storm will also be eligible for 90 days of deferred payments. The initiative follows GM’s disaster relief bonus incentive. The automaker will give affected customers or anyone replacing a car after the storm a $1,000 cash incentive towards their next purchase. The offer can also be combined with other incentives save for a few programs. Nearly all vehicles are eligible for the incentive. Lease customers will receive $500 rather than the full $1,000.
Those looking to take advantage of the $1,000 bonus offer will have through the end of October.
To assist in new-car shopping, GM is funneling new and used vehicle inventory to the areas Hurricane Florence impacted. The automaker expects pre-owned vehicles will be in high demand, but it will also send vehicles for courtesy transportation and insurance rentals. Those waiting on replacement parts will have expedited processes, too.
The automaker said it’s expedited GM genuine and AC Delco parts to the region to help get vehicles back on the road quicker.