CarMax Advises How to Avoid Flood-Damaged Cars
RICHMOND, Va. Sept. 29, 2008 - In the wake of a destructive hurricane season that brought flooding to many areas of the country, CarMax, Inc., , the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, is advising consumers on how to avoid purchasing flood-damaged vehicles.
“Consumers should be aware that some businesses and individuals may try to sell salvaged and flood-damaged cars without revealing the vehicle history,” said Gary Hickman, purchasing manager for CarMax in Houston, Texas. “Flood-damaged cars that are not structurally or mechanically sound could be repaired, re-titled, and sold to unsuspecting buyers.”
CarMax’s car-buying team offers ten tips for identifying a vehicle with possible flood damage:
|1)||Check for a moldy smell inside the car and feel the carpet for dampness|
|2)||Ask questions about an older car with a brand new interior or carpeting|
|3)||Check for rust under the brake or gas pedals|
|4)||Look for dirt or rust under the dashboard and floor mats|
|5)||Inspect the bolts and screws under the seats for evidence of rust|
|6)||Check the undercarriage for excessive rust|
|7)||Check inside the trunk under the carpet in the spare tire well area for rust, dirt or sand|
|8)||Look for corrosion, water marks, or a thin brown line on the exterior of the vehicle|
|9)||Check to see if the electrical system works|
|10)||Check the VIN number with AutoCheck or Carfax to see whether a flood claim has been filed or a salvage title has been issued on the vehicle|
CarMax provides a free AutoCheck vehicle history report for every used vehicle. CarMax’s team of approximately 900 car buyers nationwide is trained to detect whether a car has frame or flood damage. CarMax will not retail any car that has flood or frame damage or an odometer or title discrepancy.