BEWARE ~ Flooded Cars In Houston's Hurricane Are Already Being Put Up For Sale At Dealerships.

HOUSTON - Flooded cars are already starting to trickle off dealer lots, and that trickle could become a stream in the coming weeks, according to a local vehicle inspection company.

An estimated 1 Million vehicles were damaged by the storm.
"We've inspected over 100 cars in the last three days, we've already found seven flood-damaged vehicles, new and used. But yes, they're ending up back on the streets, back to consumers," Shane Vaughn, president of Auto Exam, a pre-sale vehicle inspection company, said.

Auto Exam and other companies are doing brisk business, inspecting cars brought in by potential buyers.
For a little more than $100, buyers get peace of mind in a sea of uncertainty.
Car shoppers can do some of the homework with these quick tips to identify potential flood cars:
  • Avoid cars with moisture trapped in headlights/taillights
  • Check under the seat, avoid cars with rusty seat rails
  • Pull up the carpet. Brittle carpet pad could mean the area was wet, then dried
  • Check the spare in the trunk. The spare "well" can hold water, even if the rest of the car is dry