Buyer Beware! Shady Dealers Could Be Selling Water Damaged Cars With Clean Titles

CBS New York

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Experts warn that some of the hundreds of cars that were flooded out on Long Island roadways this week could eventually show up back on the market with no evidence that they had been water-logged.

When Christine Cristiana DiMonte bought a used car for her daughter it was such a good deal that she never asked to see the title to make sure that it had never suffered any flood damage. She trusted the dealer.

“I was kind of surprised that me and my husband decided to do it so spur of the moment,” she told CBS 2’s Dana Tyler.

Soaked and flooded cars, like those seen floating on Long Island roadways this week, are usually headed for the junk yard. They’re nearly worthless due to electrical damage. When sold at auction the title is supposed to be stamped to reflect the flood damage, but scammers are…

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