Consumer tips to help avoid buying flood-damaged cars

A.G. Schuette: Do your homework before buying used cars

Published On: Feb 04 2013 12:53:48 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 04 2013 01:34:14 PM EST
LANSING, Mich. -

Attorney General Bill Schuette issued a consumer alert for Michigan residents who want to buy a car.

Schuette wants buyers to beware of flood-damaged cars in the national car market, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s devastation.

"Michigan consumers should do their homework before they buy their next used car to avoid being duped by dealers selling refurbished cars without mentioning prior flood damages caused by Superstorm Sandy," said Schuette. "Floodwaters can destroy vital car components, so I urge all consumers to proceed with caution before spending their hard-earned cash on a waterlogged clunker."

Tips for car buyers:

But beware; never assume a clean title proves the vehicle is undamaged. The title may have been laundered across state lines or altered to conceal the brand.

Residents who believe they may have been tricked into buying a flood-damaged vehicle from a used car dealer are encouraged to file complaints online with the Secretary of State,Bureau of Information Security Regulatory Monitoring Division.

If consumers believe they have purchased a flood-damaged vehicle from an individual, they may also contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division toll-free: 887-765-8388.