Purchasing Cars? How to Assess If It's Flooded from Texas

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    Jun 19, 2015 4:46 PM GMT
    NYT: In Texas, up to 10,000 insured cars suffered water damage this spring. These automobiles, and others marred by heavy rains, can re-enter the market without a warning.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/your-money/auto-insurance/car-shopping-how-to-identify-flood-damage-before-buying.html?ref=business
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 19, 2015 5:35 PM GMT
    That's interesting. I knew someone who once made a side job out of flying to TX to buy used cars then driving them up to MN to sell for huge profits, based on the simple fact that cars last longer in a TX climate, whereas, in MN, half the year they are subjected to snow and salted roads, which causes rust.
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    Jun 19, 2015 5:52 PM GMT
    Like a realJock date; it it looks too good to be true skip it


    if your up for it, really want the car, no magic:

    look at the VIN# off the engine (or some other component) compared to the dash. This stuff has to match somewhat.

    Call the state DMV that issued the title to verify the previous owner.

    Never ever buy a car with a "rebuilt" or "scrap" title.

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    Jun 19, 2015 7:49 PM GMT
    Just smell it. You cannot cover up the scent of mildew with Fabreeze.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 21, 2015 2:24 PM GMT
    Anything from the Giant Tea Party State of Texas is potentially hazardous to human health. Look at that state's horrendous health and environmental records which would make any sound minded American think twice before buying anything imported from the Duck Dynasty Republic of Texas.