The Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau have issued a warning about flood-damaged cars from Hurricane Sandy being sold in Washington.
Officials advise consumers to be on the lookout for scam artists who try to sell rebuilt, water-logged vehicles.
Flood damaged cars may look normal, but frequently have serious issues, including chronic mildew and corroded wires.
Buyers should research the title and the vehicle identification number of used vehicles at the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, www.vehiclehistory.gov, and/or CARFAX, www.flood.carfax.com, officials advise. Look for the word salvage or flood on the title, but also check coded letters or numbers.
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Buyers also should inspect used vehicles inside and out, including going for a test drive and having a trusted mechanic check the vehicle.
For more information go to www.atg.wa.gov/ConsumerIssues/Cars/UsedCars or www.carfax.com/car_buying/flood_damage_cars.