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Your next auto might float up courtesy of Harvey

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Preston Stone | 17 September, 2017, 08:36

Carfax is expecting more flooded vehicles to wash ashore in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Floodwaters from Harvey drenched the interior of a new Ford, requiring it to be totaled.

"Let the buyer beware" is the age-old watchword for consumers to abide by when they find deals too good to be true on used or new vehicles for months to come. "Damaged vehicles can appear to be coming from any state". Some that are considered "totaled" are dismantled, while others are repaired and salvage titles are issued, allowing them to be sold with full disclosure of the damage. "Get the information about the vehicle's history and have the trusted, trained eye of a mechanic inspect the vehicle to spot the signs of flood damage that somebody may be trying to hide from you". "A flood title means the vehicle has damage from sitting in water deep enough to fill the engine compartment". Unscrupulous sellers may wait for the vehicle, truck or SUV to dry out, hoping to pawn it off on an unsuspecting buyer. It showed that the seller bought it as a salvage vehicle and the title was washed when he brought it to Pennsylvania.

But these flooded vehicles are not necessarily stuck in a salvage yard.

Just because the vehicle may start and run doesn't necessarily mean it's going to stay that way. "Given that electrical and mechanical problems can potentially surface long after the seller is gone, used-car buyers are at risk of owning an unreliable auto with no recourse against the seller".

About Carfax Carfax, a unit of IHS Markit, helps millions of people every day confidently shop, buy, own and sell used cars with innovative solutions powered by Carfax vehicle history information. Reputable dealers and honest private sellers will have no problem with this.

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"Most of the vehicles will have problems", says Dustin Wiegerink, Service Manager at Keller Ford. Over time even a properly repaired flooded vehicle can continue to have rust and electrical problems, depending on how much water it took in. Also look for surface rust on the lug holes of the spare wheel, and on things like the hold-down hardware that keeps the spare in its place. Second, these vehicles can not be sold to consumers in most other states in the U.S.

If you're in doubt about any particular vehicle, spend the money to have a qualified mechanic give it a once-over. First, open the hood and look at the engine.

" Aluminum and alloys will have a white powder and pitting".

Most flood-damaged cars are covered by insurance. The sampled water contained E. coli many times the levels considered safe as well as lead, arsenic and other heavy metals. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

Consumers should always check vehicle identification numbers with CarFax, Experian's Auto Check or the National Insurance Crime Bureau's VinCheck before making any used vehicle purchases.

Be careful about purchasing a used vehicle from an individual running a newspaper ad and using a cell phone number. You should also run a vehicle's VIN through sites like Carfax and AutoCheck, though there will often be fees to do this.

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