Panel Discussion: How Do You Avoid Buying A Flooded Used Car?

Panel Discussion: How Do You Avoid Buying A Flooded Used Car?


HAPPY FRIDAY, THANKS FOR WATCHING MIDMORNING. UP TO ONE MALE AND CARS SUFFERED FLOOD DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE IRMA AND HARVEY ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY BEHIND THE KELLEY BLUE BOOK — BLUEBOOK. SOMEONE HAD TO THE USED CAR MARKET, SO VIEWERS LIKE JOHN FROM THE — JOHN FROM THE — NEW BRIGHTON, WONDERED, HOW DO I NOT BUY ONE OF THESE FLOODED CARS. YOU WOULDN’T THINK YOU WORRY ABOUT IT HERE IN MINNESOTA BECAUSE IT’S SO FAR AWAY. TAKING HER AFTER THE CONTRARINESS OF THE ASSUMPTION IS IF YOU HAVE 1 MILLION CARS SOME WILL MAKE THEIR WAY. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN, IF YOU GO TO A REGULAR CAR DEALERSHIP THEY AREN’T BUYING THESE CARS ARE THEY? I 80% OF THE CARS DOWN THERE ARE INSURED AND IF YOU TURN IN YOUR CAR FOR INSURANCE MONEY, IT GETS A BRAND ON IT CALLED FLOODED IT. YOU MAY HAVE SEEN SELVAGE BEFORE IS ANOTHER THING, IF THE CAR IS RACK. BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO CLEAN IT THE TITLES, WASH THEM AND BRING THEM THROUGH VARIOUS STATE, SO CHECKING THE TITLE ISN’T THE ONLY WAY TO FIND OUT IF THE CARS FLOODED. THE OTHER ISSUE, A LOT OF THEM ARE UNINSURED SO PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A WAY TO GET MONEY BACK SO THEY MAY JUST CLEAN THEM UP, GET THEM RUNNING AGAIN AND THEN SELL THEM. HOW BIG OF A DEAL IS IT, DO THEY DO SMELL FUNNY? I YOU DON’T WANT A FLOODED CAR, THEY CAN CLEAN THEM UP. IN THE SHORT RUN PROBABLY. YOU CAN CLEAN IT UP AND GET THE CAR RUNNING, BUT YOU MAY ENCOUNTER A PROBLEM A WEEK LATER, A MONTH LATER, YEARS LATER, IT COULD BE ELECTRICAL ISSUES OR ISSUES WITH THE AIRBAG OR AIR CONDITIONING DOESN’T WORK, YOUR WINDOWS DON’T GO UP AND DOWN, THERE IS CORROSION. IF YOU CAN’T FIND IT ON THE TITLE IN YOUR INSURER WHAT THINGS WOULD YOU DO, LOOK AT THE CAR YOURSELF? I YOU CAN GO TO CARFAX.COM, GET THE $40. THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE. YOU CAN KNOW WHERE IT WAS LAST RIGHT? I IF IT SAYS HOUSTON YOU MAY THINK, I’M GOING TO LOOK FOR ANOTHER CAR. YOU CAN ALSO GO AND LOOK AT THE CAR, THEY MENTION DO THEY STINK? THEY DO STINK. ONE MECHANIC SAID HE SEEN FLOODED CARS, LIKE 494, AND WHEN THERE IS HEAVY RAIN. HE SAID IT STINKS AND YOU CAN TRY AS HARD AS YOU CAN TO GET RID OF THE SMELL BUT IT STINKS FOR A LONG TIME. SO IT’S COVERED. THEY SAID LOOK AT THE CAR MATS, ARE THEY HARD AND CRUSTY OR STILL WET. LOOK AT THE SPARE TIRE IS THERE WATER IN THEIR. THE SPARK CLUBS IS THERE CORROSION, THE HEADLIGHTS, IS THERE HAYES THAT SOMEONE MAY HAVE DRAINED THE WATER AND NOT GOTTEN ALL THE WAY OUT. NOT SURE WHERE THE SPARK PLUGS ARE. WE WOULD HAVE SOMEONE ELSE FIGURE THIS OUT. NO MATTER WHAT WHEN YOU BUY

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