The Better Business Bureau of North Dakota and Minnesota warned consumers to thoroughly check vehicle history and title information when buying an automobile as flood-damaged cars make their way up to the region, according to a news release. Hurricanes in Texas and Florida have damaged vehicles in the storms’ paths, and some sellers refurbish the vehicles in an attempt to flip them.
“Car shoppers should always be fully informed before making a purchase,” said Susan Adams Loyd, president and CEO of Minnesota and North Dakota BBB. “Past experience tells us some of the cars affected by recent hurricane and flooding activity will be on the market after being restored.”
Those vehicles should have a salvage title and can be purchased for a low price, but buying them can come with risks, including the ability to insure them.
A history report is not foolproof, BBB said, but it can help with deciding whether to purchase a vehicle. BBB suggests asking a trusted inspector to perform a pre-purchase check and looking over the vehicle for signs of flood damage.