Friday, November 2, 2012 - 2:26am
Car history-reporting service has post-Sandy used car-buying tips
Updated Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:21pm
A vehicle history-reporting service is out with tips designed to keep you from getting soaked by buying a flood-damaged used car.
Chris Basso with Carfax tells WDEL News you should take the car for a test drive, but before and after you do, look for signs of flood damage.
"Like rusted bolts and seat rails on the floorbed of the vehicle--Check underneath the dashboard for the wires. Water will crack and make wires brittle."
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Basso says you should also look for things like condensation in the instrument panel and around the windows, and before you buy any car, have it examined by a mechanic you trust.
To check whether flood damage has been reported for a specific car using the VIN, go to http://flood.carfax.com, free of charge.
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