|Sep 13, 2017||BEWARE OF FLOOD DAMAGE WHEN BUYING USED VEHICLE||
After hurricanes that caused wide-spread flooding in Texas and Florida, Arizonans in the market for used cars have even more reason to pay close |
attention to a vehicle's condition and history, especially in private sales.
As what happened after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, vehicle damaged by floodwaters are likely to find their way to Arizona and other states and offered to unsuspecting buyers.
If a vehicle is flood-damaged, the title should say "salvage" or "flood damage."
But scammers can and do fraudulently remove flood history from vehicle titles.
"We want to make sure potential buyers remain vigilant when looking at used vehicles and not sign anything until the vehicle has been checked over bumper
to bumper,." said Willie Hall, detective sergeant with ADOT's Office of Inspector General, which investigates fraud involving titles and vehicle sales.
"Flood-damaged vehicle that have been repackaged and dressed up are a common scam after major weather events like what we've seen recently."
It's always a good idea to have any used vehicle you're looking at checked out by a trusted auto mechanic.