Avoiding a Used Car Nightmare  
December, 08 2017, ,
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As we roll into another year (yeah it is almost here!) many of us might be looking to buy a different vehicle. Whether the purchase is for us or preparing to send high school graduates off to school, there are going to be a lot of options. If you are buying new then this article will not be something concerning to you. If you are buying a used car, here are some things to keep in mind.
With all the flooding cause by the hurricanes throughout the country this year, there were a lot of vehicles that were affected. Some of them might have been purchased and cleaned up to look like a reliable, used vehicle. However, the opposite is true. What might look like an unbelievable deal, might be a nightmare purchase that leaves you with more problems than you want to deal with. Below is an article for used car buyers to consider when purchasing their vehicle.
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Various parts of the United States, including Texas and Florida, have suffered severe flooding this fall. Carfax estimates that as many as half of flood-damaged cars get cleaned up and moved around the country with no notation of flood damage. As a result, they can end up in the hands of unsuspecting consumers. Flooded automobiles are notoriously unreliable vehicles, and proactive steps should be taken to avoid purchasing one. Here are some tips for you to consider that will help you avoid unknowingly purchasing a flooded vehicle.
• Perform a careful examination of the used vehicle. For example, look for a well-defined line or watermark on the inside and outside of the car. Inspect the vehicle in difficult-to-clean areas, like the gaps between panels in the truck or SUV, under the hood, and under the trunk liner, where water-borne materials and debris may still cling.

• Be wary of used cars with new or mismatched upholstery. Non-original or mismatched headliners or trunk liners can also be hidden clues.

• Avoid purchasing cars through auctions because flooded vehicles are often cleaned and then sold at these events.

• Bypass individuals who buy and sell cars as a sideline business. It is better to buy from a reputable dealer or an individual that has owned and actually driven the vehicle for an extended period of time.

• Review the auto title closely. Some jurisdictions require that totaled or flooded vehicles be designated as "flood damaged" on the title.

• Consider ordering an online Carfax report, which provides unlimited vehicle history reports for $40.

• Before you buy the vehicle, be sure to have a trusted mechanic inspect it. Trained professionals know what to look for when it comes to previous flood damage on autos. They can also spot vehicles that were previously involved in major collisions.

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