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The influx of flood and hurricanes in the U.S. this year may, unfortunately, lead to used car dealers attempting to sell more cars damaged by flood waters to unsuspecting customers. You may be wondering what to look for when buying a used car. Take extra precaution when purchasing a car from a used car lot and work to be as educated as possible before buying.
There are many well-known services that keep records of vehicle history and try to report any possibly damaging incidents that a car has encountered. Make sure to request these reports from the dealership, and do some independent research yourself, too.
In addition to these reports, most cars that have been through floods will exhibit some physical signs.
The Insurance Information Institute has created a list of spots to check on the car itself before making a purchase so you know exactly what to look for when buying a used car:
If you have concerns about the vehicle, don’t buy it and consider avoiding the dealership in question altogether. If you have questions about your auto insurance coverage or want to get a quote on coverage for a recently-purchased vehicle, contact a knowledgeable insurance agent today.