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Many Buyers Fooled by Flood-Damaged Used Cars

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GeoBeats

Geo Beats

Of the cars written off as a total loss because of Hurricane Sandy flooding, over 200 thousand have made it back on the road because of dishonest dealers.

Of the cars written off as a total loss because of Hurricane Sandy flooding, over 200 thousand have made it back on the road.

Dishonest sellers reportedly purchased them for a song, drained them out and cleaned them up, giving them the appearance of being functioning used cars. Bleach, however, can only do so much.

The cars are rife with mechanical, electrical, and safety problems, not to mention are considered a health risk because of the mold.

What are the chances that people who are duped into buying the vehicles are destined for a future of trouble and frustration?

Ray from the show Car Talk offers his professional perspective: “Think about it. Insurance companies HATE to spend money. If they could fix a car and put it back on the road, they'd do it in a New York minute. And even THEY won't bother fixing flooded cars.”

The best ways to avoid falling for a flooded car scam are to have an independent mechanic check out the car and to get a history report on the vehicle so you have reviewed all information thoroughly before your purchase.

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