Car shoppers beware: flooded vehicles showing up on used car lots

Car shoppers beware: flooded vehicles showing up on used car lots


2-ROBERT:HERE AT HOME – HARVEY’S FLOODWATERS COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE SHOPPING FOR USED CARS FOR MONTHS TO COME.2-SHANNON: NEARLY ONE MILLION CARS WERE DAMAGED DURING THE HURRICANE. AND NOW– A GOOD NUMBER OF THEM ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHOWING UP AT USED CAR LOTS. 2-ROBERT:KXAN’S JACQULYN POWELL WALKS THROUGH THE WAYS YOU CAN AVOID UNKNOWINGLY BUYING A FLOODED CAR OR TRUCK – WITH DAMAGE YOU MIGHT NOT ALWAYS BE ABLE TO SEE.JOE LAMPING, OWNER OF FLAMINGO AUTOMOTIVE: “REALLY JUST GETTING A GOOD FLASHLIGHT IN AND LOOKING AROUND” JACQULYN: JOE LAMPING’S BEEN INSPECTING USED CARS IN AUSTIN FOR NEARLY THIRTY YEARS. LAMPING: “AFTER A BIG STORM WE WILL ALMOST ALWAYS GET A CAR OR TWO IN THAT HAS SUFFERED SOME WATER DAMAGE” JACQULYN: AND AFTER HARVEY– LAMPING: “THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF CARS FLOODING THE MARKET” JACQULYN: LEAVING CUSTOMERS WITH THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE DOWN THE ROAD. LAMPING: THINGS THAT MAY NOT MANIFEST THE FIRST TIME YOU GO TO TAKE IT FOR A TEST DRIVE, MAY NOT SHOW UP FOR A FEW MONTHS OR A YEAR DOWN THE ROAD” JACQULYN: ON THE LOT– (OPENING CAR DOOR) LAMPING SAYS CUSTOMERS SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK INSIDE THE VEHICLE. LAMPING: “WHEN CARS HAVE BEEN SUBMERGED, YOU’LL SEE THAT THERE WILL BE ACTUAL DIRT AND GRIT THAT’S TUCKED UNDER THE WEATHER STRIPPING” JACQULYN: ANOTHER SIGN: LAMPING: “DOES IT STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL FLOOR MATS, OR HAS SOMEONE THROWN THESE THESE AWAY AND PUT ANOTHER SET OF FLOOR MATS IN IT?” JACQULYN: AND: LAMPING: IF YOU GET INTO A CAR AND IT’S SMELLING MUSTY, THAT’S NOT A GOOD SIGN” JACQULYN: BUT EVEN IF YOU DON’T SEE ANY ISSUES- LAMPING: “IT NEEDS TO COME ON A LIFT AND HAVE A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL LOOK AT IT” JACQULYN: MECHANICAL COMPONENTS– AND EVEN AIRBAG SENSORS- DON’T DEAL WITH WATER. LAMPING: “THAT BECOMES A SAFETY ISSUE… NOT JUST LEAVING YOU STRANDED OR NOT WANTING TO START, BUT IF THE AIRBAGS DON’T DEPLOY IN A WRECK, THAT’S NOT GOOD” JACQULYN: JACQULYN POWELL, KXAN NEWS.SHANNON:WHILE A PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION IS ALWAYS THE BEST IDEA–CAR-FAX IS OFFERING HELP AFTER HARVEY, TOO.RIGHT NOW THE COMPANY IS

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