Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sandy could have used unsuspecting car buyer.

Sandy could have used unsuspecting car buyer.
By Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau

It could be days before the storm battered dries East Coast that even weeks. Brutal winds and extensive flooding from Maine to the Carolinas has destroyed homes and businesses and left millions without electricity, forced to close even the New York City subway.

The destruction is probably thousands of vehicles through flood destroyed or damaged. In some cases, vehicles can be repaired. But many will have suffered extensive and irreparable damage and should be scrapped. That doesn't mean that they are.

If recent history flood damaged any claim that Ernst vehicles are up on used cars much wind and sold to unsuspecting consumers. Experts say that half of vehicles damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Floyd back on the road made.

"A car that was with the motor under water for a long time in a flood be never the same," said Carl Sullivan, who almost two decades vehicles for AiM, a California team of car inspectors examine experience has. "It is important for used car buyers know how to place flood damage no matter where they live, because these cars anywhere can land dealer on a lot in the country."

Many States, like New York and New Jersey have strict rules for vehicles in accidents or flood as by a manufacturer under so-called lemon laws bought back been amount.

The good news is, that the Federal Government began to require on a national database in 2009 amounted to vehicles are listed. But there are still ways to get, experts warn.

According to "wash away" may vary beyond reasonable doubt if it is moved to another State such as "Title washing," crooked owner or dealer will sometimes move cars from State to State to State, from country to country and a notation that indicates the vehicle was destroyed in a State as records and registration procedure.

In some cases, scam artists target warns change, VINs or vehicle identification numbers, to eliminate the record of a car, which was damaged by flood.

How many cars were damaged or destroyed, this week remains massive storm to be seen, but more than 600,000 vehicles were developed claims in 2005 by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma to CarFax, a service to potential used car buyers, to track the history of a vehicle.

"Many of these cars still to sell the land show," damaged CarFax notes, the service website, which indicated that 75,000 vehicles by 1999 the Hurricane Floyd, "more than half were back on the road put."

In some cases, the damage can be minimal and easy to repair, especially if the engine will not be achieved. Less of an impact than salt water, which can result in quickly extensive corrosion have fresh water out of the flooded streams. But floods in the rule can cause extensive damage.

"A car motor, electronics, fuel system, airbags and brakes are all extremely vulnerable to flood water," target said of Sullivan. "It is extremely important to find water damage before you invest your money in a used car, and services high water damage find one no matter how a vendor tried to hide it."

The veteran Inspector offers a number of tips, what a used car buyer should look out help to catch a vehicle damaged by floods:
Water or condensation in the headlights or rear lights could be a tip off to flood problems.
A musty smell in the vehicle which may be of moldy carpeting or upholstery. If possible, pull the carpet to see how far the water in the vehicle, can be increased and even if any moisture remains.
Mud in the safety harness tracks or seatbelt seatbelt.
Water in the spare tire well in the trunk of the vehicle.
Sagging Headliner, especially on a late model vehicle.
Corrosion in the vehicle chassis, brakes like lines on or around the tank;

This could be a sign of salt water damage. It differs that typically target notes road salt on frame rails, to get from the snow belt cars. But when is corrosion in the upper area of the springs or shock towers are corroded, this are clears signs that a vehicle has suffered flood-related damage.

More tips, a tight control can occur, says Sullivan, who says that he found even two fish under back seat a vehicle. "That was a pretty sure sign that the car had been flooded."

As in what do, if it's your car, that be corrupted by a flood

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