Up to 500,000 cars took on water during Hurricane Harvey. For their owners, not having a vehicle in car-dependent Texas could be a significant hardship. And those looking for used car to replace a flooded one should be wary of buying storm-damaged rides.

Patrick George, editor-in-chief at Jalopnik says car dealers in Texas are offering steep discounts on new cars, and there has been a corresponding surge in sales.

Used cars can be more of a challenge after a storm, George says.

“I think in the coming years in places like Texas and Louisiana, buyers are going to need to be extra-vigilant about flood-damaged vehicles,” he says.

George says when considering a used car, check for stains, rust, odd smells, mildew and whether all of the car’s parts match. Next, have the car evaluated by a reputable mechanic before you buy.

 

Written by Shelly Brisbin.

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