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Beware of flood-damaged cars being resold

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 18:30:15-04

With all the flooding across Oklahoma, hundreds of cars have been damaged or totaled.

Don't assume they'll end up in a junkyard, some are being repaired and resold.

Mechanics say water damage can be hard to detect. If you suspect a car has been in a flood, look for rust where it should not be, unusual smells and waterlines throughout the car.

"Flooding is quite devastating when it comes to vehicles for sure, there's a lot of damage that just can't be reversed," said Alan Heriford, who wns an auto repair shop.

Carfax offers a free flood damage check, in addition to the vehicle history reports it sells. These checks show the possibility of flood damage based on the area history and registered address for the car at the time.

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