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Tips to Spot a Flood-Damaged Car

Tips to Spot a Flood-Damaged Car

If you are in the market for a used car or will be looking to buy one in the upcoming months be cautious! The recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have damaged thousands of vehicles. It is common for these flood-damaged cars to be cleaned up and resold. Along with them can come compromised electrical, mechanical, and safety systems. To help you make an educated decision when buying your next used vehicle we have put together a checklist to help you identify if a car has flood damage. VIN Check: The first thing we recommend you check when considering a used vehicle is the VIN number. There are several websites that can provide you with free and paid VIN searches. Carfax offers a free flood check on their website with the option of purchasing a full report. The VIN check will provide you with the vehicle's title status and possibly a vehicle history report. If the car was a total loss insurance companies assign the car a salvage title. Mud & Rust: There are a few places in the vehic ... read more

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