Vehicle history checks should consider recent flooding

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2021 | Certified Pre-Owned

Connecticut and states across the entire U.S. were negatively impacted by the recent massive storms and tornados. Damaged property was a major problem and a significant portion of that was inflicted on vehicles because of widespread flooding.

Water damage can severely hinder a vehicle’s longevity, its functionality and even present danger to the unsuspecting driver and passengers. For those who are victimized by an incomplete or fraudulent vehicle history, it is imperative to remember there is legal recourse available.

There is concern over flood-damaged cars reaching the market

Experts and insiders are advising people to be wary when purchasing a vehicle in the coming months. People throughout the nation should keep an eye on a vehicle’s history before buying it. This goes beyond those in the afflicted areas who were in the path of the hurricane.

In addition, some sellers – public and private – could give inaccurate information about the vehicle and any damage it might have sustained before it was put on the market. This is made worse as there is a shortage of vital components for vehicles, thereby tightening the market and making buyers more aggressive to complete their purchases.

It was not just the recent hurricane that might have caused damage. Other storms sent heavy rain and wind into various areas around the U.S. Vehicles could have come from anywhere and Connecticut residents should remain vigilant about the chance that they are being scammed or at least having the full story withheld.

Carfax – the company that provides vehicle history reports – says that there are currently around 378,000 flood-damaged vehicles already on the road from before the most recent storm. That could spike by several thousand in the coming months.

Those who suspect vehicle disclosure wrongdoing should understand their rights

There are ways to check if the vehicle is water-damaged beyond the vehicle history report such as checking if there was an insurance claim, assessing the inside and getting a professional evaluation before completing the purchase.

Still, consumers are vulnerable to misdeeds on the part of those selling an automobile. If there is suspicion or clear evidence that vehicle history disclosure fraud has taken place with flood damage or anything else with the automobile, it is wise to know the potential steps to take. Having professional guidance is key with trying to hold the seller accountable.