America Is Seeing A Flood Of 'Flood Cars'
North American Precis Syndicate
Don't let a flooded-out used car put a damper on your driving. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Recent research suggests drivers may be behind the wheel of
more than 325,000 previously flooded vehicles. That’s a 20 percent
increase from 2016 and a stark reminder to consumers to do due diligence when
One Woman’s Story
“I bought a car last year and the seller never told us anything
about it being a flood car,” said Charlene Geiger from Pennsylvania. “When
we got home and ran a Carfax, there it was—a
flood car from Hurricane Sandy. It showed that the seller bought it as a
salvage car and the title was washed when he brought it to Pennsylvania. We lost $16,000 over all of
Where To Be Most Wary
Vehicles reported as flood damaged by a state’s Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV), insurance companies and more have washed up in every state.
These 10 have the most:
7. South Carolina—13,000
9. North Carolina—13,000
In addition, several hundred thousand more flooded cars may emerge from
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Historically, about half the vehicles damaged by floods end up back on the
market. Flooded cars rot from the inside out as water corrodes the mechanical
parts, shorts the electrical system, and compromises safety features like air
bags and anti-lock brakes. Health concerns are an added problem, as mold and
bacteria permeate the soft parts of the car.
“Our data shows there’s still much work to be done in helping
consumers avoid buying flood-damaged cars,” said Dick Raines, president
of Carfax. “They can, and do, show up all
over the country, whether it be a few miles or hundreds of miles from where
the flooding occurred. With two devastating storms like Harvey and Irma, it’s
vital for used-car buyers everywhere to protect themselves from flooded cars
that may wind up for sale. Start with a thorough test-drive, a vehicle history
report and a mechanic’s inspection before buying any used car.”
Free Assistance And Advice
With the world’s largest vehicle history database, Carfax helps millions confidently buy, own and sell used
cars. Now, in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it’s letting
consumers check for flood damage free of charge at www.carfax.com/flood.
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