As cleanup continues from the devastating floods that hit much of South Carolina in early October, there is a new hazard to consider for used car buyers.
According to AAA Carolinas, it is just a matter of time before flood-damaged cars make their way into the marketplace. The group said buyers need to know how to avoid purchasing a vehicle that may look great, but have severe damage under the hood..
AAA Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright told South Carolina Radio Network the best way to avoid being suckered into buying a flooded vehicle is to have a professional check it out. “You really need to have a certified mechanic inspect it. That’s your best bet.” Wright said.
“Just because a car smells great, looks great, doesn’t’ mean there’s not flood damage there,” Wright said. She said scammers will try to trick buyers into believing that there is nothing wrong with a once waterlogged vehicle. New upholstery, carpeting, flooring and trunk lining can hide flood damage.
She said another good way to avoid flood damaged vehicles is to buy a vehicle history report. The report won’t always catch everything, but more often than not will indicate when a vehicle has been in a flood or been issued a salvage title. Wright said such a title nearly always indicates a major problem.