Experts said to be on the lookout for flooded cars following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
It is estimated that nearly a million cars were ruined by Harvey alone.
AAA is warning that scam artists will buy the damaged vehicles, clean them up and try to resell them.
“There is no doubt that the used car market will be flooded with some of these vehicles” Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford said in a statement on Thursday. “Buyers with an untrained eye could purchase a flood-damaged car that seems to run great but they’ll pay a steep price for the damage done soon thereafter”.
Experts said to look for the following signs of flooding:
They also said to always do a background check and have a mechanic inspect a used car before you buy it.
“Flooded cars are not always totaled, and 50 percent are eventually resold. Always purchase a vehicle history report or obtain a free VIN report for any vehicle suspected of having a watery past,” Parmenter added.
Before buying a vehicle, use VINCheck by clicking here.
Experts also suggested the following tips when purchasing a vehicle:
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