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Used car buyers: Beware of Sandy-flooded vehicles

GasBuddy Blog -- We've all seen the damage to the eastern seaboard that Hurricane Sandy delivered; now think about where all those flooded cars might end up...

In some cases, damage may be minimal and can be repaired. But obviously many will have sustained irreparable damage that may not even be visible to the untrained eye and should be sent to the junk yard for scrap. But that doesn't mean they will be, says NBC News.

"A car that's been in a flood with the engine submerged for any length of time will never be the same," says Carl Sullivan, who has two decades of experience inspecting vehicles for AiM, a California team of auto inspectors. "It's important for used car shoppers to know how to spot flood damage no matter where they live...


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captcarl5
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 10:05:25 AM

check your carfax report
honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2012 5:02:55 AM

same stuff after each big flooding / storm mess.
blupupher
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 8:50:58 PM

good reminder
garywa01
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:16:36 PM

i will keep that in mind
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:31:31 PM

Absolutely - ALWAYS BE AWARE if you are purchasing a used vehicle.
GatorGuy
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:01:06 PM

Ugh, bad news.
nskmda
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 1:18:05 PM

oh, yeah... instead of real valuable regulation (on the process of selling a used car) now they just warn you - the crooks are out there...
nice...
cricket48750
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:23:53 PM

Get the car-fax!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:53:07 AM

good tips
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:17:36 AM

sea water is salty and salt rust so if its extra rusty no buy
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:14:56 AM

If they stink bad, or too good, don't touch it.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:14:21 AM

Don't buy now.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:09:54 AM

Beware!! Happens every time there is a major flood.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:05:08 AM

Still buyer beware.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:59:14 AM

Buyer beware
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:57:57 AM

Used car buyers: Beware of Sandy-flooded vehicles, good points to remember whenever buying a used car anywhere. Watch for refurbished and retitled vehicles. Do Not buy a used car unless you know where it came from! This is one way to sell more vehicles, a natural disaster!
Used flooded vehicles from hurricane Sandy have been mentioned many times on this site ('Sandy might send more that 250,000 cars to scrap heap' is one).
My current vehicle was paid off many years ago and I don't need any car payments now! I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept and certainly not a Prius, Tesla, Leaf, Volt or an NYC/Sandy Special submerged 'exploding submarine' Fiskar Karma Inbred!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:56:35 AM

Old Story
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:54:15 AM

Same comment as entered yesterday when article was first posted....
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:54:10 AM

Happens all the time.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:53:32 AM

Old news but a good reminder
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:52:16 AM

water damage can cause many problems down the road
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:52:15 AM

That's always bad news
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:51:19 AM

Repeat of old news.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:51:13 AM

Carfax is good but the right thing to do is to have it thoroughly checked by a mechanic you trust.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:50:43 AM

days old news...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:49:40 AM

be sure to check the title to see if it is branded
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:49:06 AM

use carfax

flood damage check
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:48:16 AM

buyer beware nutt'n new
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:47:10 AM

Same thing here. This post has been here for a Couple days now!!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:43:42 AM

not a problem
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:42:39 AM

Carfax.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:42:21 AM

I'll bet the car with two fish under the back seat really smelled bad...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:40:41 AM

Get a through check before you buy.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:40:28 AM

Buyer beware.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:40:03 AM

that is good info when ever there is major flood anywhere.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:38:57 AM

No doubt there will be a lot of "bargains" out there.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:37:55 AM

Show me the Carfax.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:36:31 AM

Lots of signs to look for and if your not sure, get a pro.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:35:46 AM

Have a knowledgeable person or mechanic check out any car you may be buying.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:34:45 AM

Caveat emptor
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:34:11 AM

They should all be crushed and sold for scrap metal
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:33:59 AM

tougher criminal penalties needed
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:33:35 AM

Good info but old old news.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:33:20 AM

Show me the car fax!!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:31:09 AM

Back yard rip off artist will be at it.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:28:44 AM

You need to know an honest dealer.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:27:46 AM

Duh, same like New Orleans.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:27:30 AM

Calling CARFAX......
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That's what you have insurance for
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If it looks to good to be true, it probably is!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:21:01 AM

1 week too late on this article...still some vehicles will not be registered into the computers that you search on. Unless they are paid off by a good insurance company. 40% or so will be just sold to the highest bidder at auctions without them knowing the problems.
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