AAA Warning: Look Out for Flood Damaged Vehicles - New York News

AAA Warning: Look Out for Flood Damaged Vehicles

Posted: Updated:

AAA is warning consumers who are searching for new car to look out for flood-damaged vehicles.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of vehicles suffered major water damage, however, not all cars were deemed a total loss.

Those damaged cars could make their way onto used car lots throughout the country.  In fact, following Hurricane Katrina, this was a reality.  Hundreds of water-damaged new and used cars were purchased by unsuspecting customers.  

How can you protect yourself from getting a bad deal?

AAA sent out these important, useful tips:

·    Engage your sense of smell - are there any damp or musty odors inside the  vehicle?

·    Has the carpet or upholstery been replaced or recently shampooed?  Pull back the carpet at different areas and look for mud, dirt or signs of water stains.

·    Look under the vehicle for corrosion.  It is uncommon to find corrosion in newer vehicles and those that are owned or sold in southern states.

·    Open all doors, hood, and trunk to inspect for corrosion, mud and dirt or discoloration on the door frames, hinges and under the weather stripping. Pay special attention to small spaces and crevices that are difficult to clean, and inspect the dashboard underside for signs of mud and dirt.

·    Check all warning lights, window motors, and all electrical components to ensure they are working properly.  While a non-working part alone does not mean the vehicle was flooded, it combined with other difficulties is a cause for concern.

·    Obtain a CARFAX Vehicle History Report - This report can potentially reveal if the vehicle has been involved in a flood, major accident, fire, or uncover odometer fraud (but does not apply if the VIN has been cloned).

·    Always have the vehicle inspected by a quality repair facility prior to purchasing.  AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities are located across the United States.  Nearby locations can be found at AAA.com/Repair.  

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Times Square to go gold for cancer research

    Times Square to go gold for cancer research

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:36 GMT
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
  • Poll: Cuomo maintains big lead in NY gov race

    Poll: Cuomo maintains big lead in NY gov race

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:15:46 GMT
    Gov. Andrew CuomoGov. Andrew Cuomo
    A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May.
    A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May.
  • Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:12:32 GMT
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices