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Buyer Beware of Flood Damaged Cars

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Experts say cars damaged in Hurricane Sandy are starting to turn up for sale in Maine. The cars look shiny and clean and the price is to die for. But remember that old saying…if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Thousands of cars were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Some sustained minimal damage, but many were filled or even submerged in sea water for days. While it’s possible to clean away the mud and make the exterior look pretty, Chris Basso of CARFAX says the water can do all sorts of damage to the engine. Water can soak into the electrical system, exhaust or fuel systems, and more. Basso says the cars are like a ticking time bomb.While the car may initially drive well, any number of problems could leave you stranded a little farther down the road.

Basso advises that the best plan of action when buying a used car is to purchase from a reputable dealer. They will provide you with the CARFAX report that will give you a complete history of ownership and repairs. Buying from sites like Craigslist leaves you open to con men who will tell you exactly what you want to hear. Of course, you can still go to the CARFAX website and purchase a report, but a reputable dealer will have more knowledge about the vehicle.

CARFAX has set up a website where you can get free flood information. If you’re thinking of buying a car right now, check it out. You’ll be glad you did!

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