Private vehicle owners, auto dealers and car auction managers now face the dilemma of salvaging or restoring flood-damaged vehicles after Hurricane Sandy.
AAA warns car buyers that flood-damaged vehicles can be shipped anywhere for resale and may show up for sale as early as one week after a devastating storm throughout the U.S.
These vehicles can continue to appear in the marketplace for up to a year after a major flood.
Due to the short time period between the water damage and being sold, often these vehicles are not identified as flood-damaged in national databases.
Used-car buyers should be aware that vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy may be put up for sale in the near future.
AAA recommends that used-car buyers always have a potential used-car purchase inspected by a qualified automotive technician and check its title history to help determine whether it sustained flood damage among other problems.