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CHARLOTTE, NC – Recent flooding in North Carolina and the southeastern U.S. from Hurricane Matthew damaged homes and cars. If you are in the market for a used car, BBB cautions you to watch out for flood-damaged vehicles.
After a vehicle has incurred flood damage, the insurance company may declare it a total loss. When a car is declared a total loss, it should be sent to the junk yard. However, many of these cars are often sold at auction as 'salvage' vehicles. Then, they may end up for sale in used car lots, classified ads or online on Craigslist.
After a thorough cleaning, new carpets and floor mats, these cars may look just as good as any other car on the surface. Buying a car that has been exposed to flood waters can have hidden problems including mold and mildew, rusty wiring, computer malfunctions, airbags that don’t inflate and more.
BBB has 10 tips to help you spot these former 'submariner' vehicles, which could be sold as ‘good clean used cars’.
Before you buy any used car, you should always get a pre-purchase inspection by a trusted mechanic. The extra cost may save you money in the long run if major problems are discovered.
For more information, please visit www.bbb.org.