Used Cars With Water Damage Heading South?

8:27 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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Lexington, SC (WLTX) -- Auto experts warn of flooded used cars from Superstorm Sandy.

At the Calverton Airport on Long Island, New York, there are 15,000 vehicles damaged during Superstorm Sandy now up for auction.  There is no timetable set for when the sale will end, but we're told it could take up to a year.

At Midstate auto auction, David Martin is encouraging those looking to buy a used car to do their homework.

"The first thing I would do if I suspect water, is look in the truck," said Martin. "If it has been underwater, often time you will see a line."

While some cars that have fresh water damage can be salvaged, Martin says there's no hope for cars that have been in salt water.

"Salt water in an engine, salt water in the transmission, salt water in the computer, not a good thing."

Experts recommend getting a car fax or auto report on the purchase vehicle before you buy. Martin says to look at the report for red flags, like if an insurance agency ever owned the car.

"If an insurance company wrote a check big enough where they owned the car, something happened to it, something was wrong."

While he hasn't seen any flooded cars through his auction this year, Martin says they're out there.

"Right now I'd be careful if you're looking at a car from that area and it's for sale now, I would check up on that car."

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