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As flooding rains submerge cars across the Northeast, consumers need to be vigilant so a water-logged vehicle doesn't end up in their driveway
ATLANTA, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of the recent flooding events in the Northeastern U.S. and beyond, AutoTrader.com's car shopping experts have some advice to help consumers avoid unknowingly purchasing a vehicle they may have seen floating down a flooded highway on the news.
"Damaged vehicles can often end up hundreds of miles away from the flooding event to cities where consumers might not be as suspicious of them," said Brian Moody, AutoTrader.com site editor. "It's important for car shoppers to always be aware that flood damage could be a possibility and be mindful of the signs."
Flood damage can cause a myriad of problems in a vehicle, damaging critical electrical systems that operate vehicle functions like locks, windows and key safety features. Hidden corrosion and rust can also slowly eat away at metal and components, destroying the car from the inside out. These issues can take weeks, months or sometimes even years to emerge, resulting in ongoing expenses and issues for the unfortunate buyer.
To avoid buying one of these vehicles, Moody and the AutoTrader editorial team encourage car shoppers to:
For more expert shopping tips and more than 4 million new and used cars for sale, visit AutoTrader.com.
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