8 Tips for Avoiding Flood-Damaged Cars

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Research the Car Online

Your first step in avoiding a flood-damaged car is to use a free online resource like the Flood Damage Check from Carfax. You can also use the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s free VINCheck, which is a more comprehensive vehicle title research system that can help identify other issues with a car’s title, in addition to any flood history.

Know that a clear title is not proof that damage hasn't occurred and that the vehicle isn't a salvage. Vehicles can be moved from state to state, and their salvage titles can be cleared along the way. Just because you’re looking at a used car in Oregon doesn’t mean it has always lived there. It may have come from a flooded area of Iowa or Illinois.

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