Storm damaged cars hit market

Source AAA

If you're in the market for a used auto, you may want to check it over for flood damage.

New research from Carfax suggests that drivers may be behind the wheel of more than 325,000 previously flooded vehicles. Maybe the interior can be cleaned and the mechanical systems repaired, but Popular Mechanics says the complex and intricate electrical systems in today's vehicles are probably beyond fix if they were submerged.

"The water can impact the electrical, safety and mechanical systems of the vehicle; sometimes all at once", Basso said. "Health concerns are an added problem, as mold and bacteria permeate the soft parts of the auto". They say you need to get started before the insurance adjuster arrives, because there is no guarantee he or she can get there right away, especially if there has been widespread flooding.

They are now offering free flood checks on their website to help consumers avoid buying flood-damaged cars. "They can, and do, show up all over the country, whether it be a few miles or hundreds of miles from where the flooding occurred. Start with a thorough test drive, a vehicle history report and a mechanic's inspection before buying any used auto". And since 2016, there's been a 20 percent increase in flooded cars that are now back in use. However, some clever auto chop shops will attempt to hide any damage in order to make a sale.

Here are a few ways you can spot a flood-damaged vehicle. This check can uncover a vehicle's status as "salvage" or "non-repairable", as well as maintenance problems, collisions, insurance claims and titles issued in other states. The expert in vehicle history since 1984, Carfax provides exclusive services like Carfax Used Car Listings, myCarfax, Carfax History-Based Value and the flagship Carfax® Vehicle History Report™ to consumers and the automotive industry.

Flooding can wreak havoc on a vehicle.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, "a salvage title means the vehicle was declared a total loss by an insurance company because of a serious accident or some other problems".

Facebook Removes 'Jew Hater,' Other Anti-Semitic Advertiser Audiences After Report
Facebook's advertising and "boosting" tool approved posts for audiences that included "Jew Hater" and "why Jews ruin the world". Facebook's ad-targeting services are so vast and penetrating you can select any group you want to see your ads.

AirPods Wireless Charging Case May Ship in December
Not all of it is positive, of course, in regard to the X, 8, 8 Plus , Apple Watch Series 3 and even iPads and older iPhones . Apple announced earlier this week that its new iPhones will include support for wireless charging through the Qi standard.

LSU student death under investigation, described as 'potential hazing incident'
The student has been identified by LSU and the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office as freshman Maxwell Gruver of Roswell, Ga. Above all else, Phi Delta Theta allows each of its members to "become the greatest version of himself".

The corrosion from the water and salt can also cause a vehicle to rust from the inside, out. Mildew smells can be a giveaway.

"Be alert for damp and musty odors", Mariam Ali, a spokesperson for the American Automobile Association, told in a phone interview. Check under the dashboard and other hard-to-reach places as well.

There are classic signs that a vehicle has been underwater.

Potential buyers should also check inside the glove compartment or in-between the seats for the appearance of residual sludge or debris.

After floods, people fix up the cars and try to sell the cars at extremely low costs.

Consumer Reports notes that a "visible water line may still show on the lens or reflector". If water has gotten into the engine, starting it can cause even worse damage.

"I have one customer that went $3,000-4,000 dollars into a vehicle they had just purchased and they purchased it for the value price of the vehicle and had no idea", Hill said. Not as common up here, said Newman. "Also, around the edges of the carpet in the vehicle".


  • Apple: Face ID didn't fail during iPhone X demo

    Apple: Face ID didn't fail during iPhone X demo

    Software then compares the image already stored, and unlocks the phone it it matches. Many assumed that the problem was that Face ID system failed to recognise Federighi.
    Irma evacuee wins $10K in North Carolina after leaving Florida home

    Irma evacuee wins $10K in North Carolina after leaving Florida home

    According to the Daily Mail, she accepted a check of $6,951, which is the lotto money after taxes are withheld. While stopped at a North Carolina convenience store, Hatfield bought two $5 scratch-off tickets.
    Co-defendant shares gory details about Holly Bobo's murder

    Co-defendant shares gory details about Holly Bobo's murder

    That's when Autry testified he saw Bobo's foot move and heard faint noises coming from inside the blanket the body was wrapped in. He said they didn't have the necessary tools to dig a grave, so they chose to throw her into the river, at a spot under a bridge.
  • Android 8.0 Oreo update nearly  ready for Nokia 8

    Android 8.0 Oreo update nearly ready for Nokia 8

    The phone would offer nearly all types of connectivity options on the phone to connect the device with the web or other devices. Most other major flagships of the year have already been launched and Nokia 9 will be one of the last ones releasing this year.
    Liverpool appeal against Mane ban rejected by FA

    Liverpool appeal against Mane ban rejected by FA

    Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has insisted that he will not change his playing style due to his red card against Manchester City . I am happy for him that he could play again [ against Feyenoord on Wednesday ] and help his team.
    Pakistan defeats World XI

    Pakistan defeats World XI

    World XI beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 worldwide to level the match series 1-1. The third and final T20 match of the series will take place at the same venue on Friday.
  • Jennifer Garner high is absolutely hilarious

    Jennifer Garner high is absolutely hilarious

    Typically poised actress, Jennifer Garner , may be new to Instagram , but she's already crushing it on the platform. While Jennifer isn't questioning the reality of the world, her "review" of Hamilton still has fans laughing.
    Lionel Messi discussed Neymar with Ousmane Dembele after Juventus win

    Lionel Messi discussed Neymar with Ousmane Dembele after Juventus win

    Barcelona signed Dembele from Borussia Dortmund after Neymar chose to take on a new challenge in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain. After he had hit the post and played a part in Ivan Rakitic's second goal, Messi rounded off the commanding win.
    Kelly Clarkson: 'There's no way I'm having any more babies'

    Kelly Clarkson: 'There's no way I'm having any more babies'

    Knowing how much money was at stake, Kelly still declined the credit because, "I didn't want to have my name near his". In 2014, Kesha accused him of drugging and raping her, and the two have been embroiled in court battles ever since.
  • PM to inaugurate Kachhi canal project today

    PM to inaugurate Kachhi canal project today

    He said a huge amount of Rs 455 billion were spent on roads and highways in Balochistan of which most of the projects had been completed.
    EU will Freihandel mit Australien&Neuseeland

    EU will Freihandel mit Australien&Neuseeland

    Während der Eurokrise entpuppte sich die unterschiedliche Wirtschafts- und Finanzstärke in der Währungsunion als großes Problem. Dafür schlägt sie Behörde einen neuen Europäischen Rahmen zur Überprüfung von Investitionen ("Investment Screening") vor.
    Mexicans' views of United States  decline dramatically, Pew Center poll shows

    Mexicans' views of United States decline dramatically, Pew Center poll shows

    Mexico has been a top trade partner of the USA ever since the North American Free Trade Agreement was reached in the 1990s. Just over a quarter of Mexicans have a favorable view of Peña Nieto today, down from a peak of 61% in 2011.


Latest news

Lyft & Uber eye new investment funds from Google & SoftBank
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that SoftBank wants to inject ten-times that amount into Lyft's main rival Uber. Axios separately reported that "top-level company executives like Alphabet CEO Larry Page" are driving the negotiation.

Where is Necker Island? Richard Branson's British Virgin Island
On Barbuda, a fairly underdeveloped island home to a few luxury hotels, early estimates place the damage at around $100 million. Her comments in a letter to the OECD come after Theresa May's spokesman said the Prime Minister was "frustrated" at the rules.

Lady Gaga hospitalized, cancels Rock in Rio appearance
Some bad news for Little Monsters in Rio, Brazil - Lady Gaga has canceled her Rock in Rio performance due to health concerns. Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

The Last Jedi novelization won't be released until after the movie
If fans carefully watch and hear the film, they could probably notice his voice. "That's the first time I'm revealing that". He, too, teased that the cast members themselves were surprised to see the characters' development in the film.

Weiner's lawyers cite 'remarkable progress' in probation request
But when BuzzFeed News spoke with them before the election , both she and her father said they did not support Donald Trump . Separately Wednesday, Weiner and Abedin appeared together briefly in state court in Manhattan in their divorce case.

New York City aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions from buildings
But there were many uncertainties about the proposal, and the mayor admitted that some elements still needed to be worked out. Real Estate Board of NY president John Banks said the proposals require "careful analysis, discussion and debate".

Hewitt chooses Millman over Kokkinakis for Davis Cup
It was the first time Australia had won the Hopman Cup since 1999. "Davis Cup has done wonders for me this year", Kyrgios said. If the Aussies clinch the crucial doubles rubber, the Aussies could be headed to their first Davis Cup final in 14 years.

Sammy cameo in vain as World XI lose opener
Sri Lankan paceman Perera and West Indian spinner Samuel Badree claimed two wickets apiece for the World XI . After Tamim and Tim Paine got out, skipper Faf du Plessis (20) got a start but failed to capitalise.

Singapore's Temasek mulling investment in AR start-up Magic Leap
Magic Leap may be looking to secure additional funding in excess of $500 million, according to an article by Bloomberg . Magic Leap , a virtual and augmented reality start-up, has raised more than $1.3 billion according to the report .

Woman delivers baby alone in Hurricane Irma
Garcia said, "She delivered the placenta, also". "I'm still like in shock because I never thought I'd be in a sitaution like this".

Sampha wins the 2017 Mercury Prize
Process - Sampha's debut album - was released back February and reached a high of number 7 in the United Kingdom album charts. The Hyundai Mercury Prize promotes the best of United Kingdom and Irish music and the artists who produce it.

More aid for islands battered by Irma
The UK's £13bn aid budget can not be used to help the British overseas territories hit by Hurricane Irma, the BBC has learned. But Anguilla's former attorney general, Rupert Jones, criticized Britain's response to the disaster.

IPhone 8 And iPhone X Support Fast Charging With A Caveat
While it's convenient if you're exhausted of plugging in your devices, inductive charging is also slow when it comes to charging. I'm sure you were already shocked the instant you saw the headline to this article, and yes, it really does cost that much.

Cowboys Have No Regrets on Missing Out on QB Paxton Lynch
Even though there has only been 12 games played between the two franchises, there is still a lot of history between the two teams. Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the club is still high on Lynch and sees him as someone who can develop into a good quarterback.

Morgan Stanley Upgrades Rating Lowers Price Target On EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG)
The firm owned 33,177 shares of the energy exploration company's stock after buying an additional 1,275 shares during the quarter. EOG Resources makes up approximately 0.7% of Capital Fund Management S.A.'s holdings, making the stock its 5th biggest holding.

Other news