CarFax estimates that 480,000 vehicles were flooded and have found their way back onto roads and dealer lots after hurricanes Florence and Michael hit the United States. The five cities with the most flooded cars on the market include Houston, New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, and Dallas. Consumers are cautioned to look for obvious water damage to upholstery and carpeting, and have a used car inspected by a trusted mechanic before buying. Vehicle identification numbers also can be run through a title-search service to determine if a vehicle has been reported as being flooded or salvaged. CarFax is also letting consumers check to see if any used vehicles they’re considering were reported as previously flooded at carfax.com/flood.
Information from the PIA National Newsletter