Vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy could end up on the local market

Vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy could end up on the local market

Cars piled on top of each other at the entrance to a garage on South Willliam Street in Lower Manhattan October 31, 2012 in New York as the city begins to clean up after Hurricane Sandy. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:21 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Flood waters from Hurricane Sandy have damaged thousands of vehicles on the East Coast. Some of these water-damaged vehicles could make their way into the Midwest's used car market.

Better Business Bureau officials say there are "huge chances" that damaged vehicles will end up on the local market.

Chris Thetford, vice president of communications and marketing for the BBB, said car shoppers should use caution and check car titles before making a purchase.

"Biggest tip for consumers if they're looking for a used car is to look at that title to see if it's ever been in part of the area that's been affected by the storm," Thetford said.

He also urged consumers to be wary of used vehicles listed for sale on websites like Craigslist. Thetford said titles for cars considered "totaled" are supposed to be marked "salvage," but that does not always happen.

Car shoppers with with any doubts should take the vehicle to a mechanic for careful inspection, Thetford said.

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