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Old 07-23-2018, 05:29 PM
 
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Hi there,
I would like to buy a used car but I know that after last year storm, a lot of flooded cars are still in the lots ready to be sold to the public.
Please give me some advice to recognize a flooded car and car insurance in Houston.

Thank you very much.
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Cinco Dinero
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1. Check the fluids. Look for any that are milky/cloudy. That’s a bad sign.

2. Get a Carfax and look for a salvage title or for a damage claim. But understand that a car might not report flooding if the owner had just liability insurance. For example, I own a 2007 Pontiac with only liability insurance. If it floods or gets damaged, I don’t get any money so I just give it up. There’s no insurance claim, hence no report to Carfax.

3. Get it inspected by an independent mechanic you trust. I live in Katy and I trust Dillons. It costs about $100, but it’s worth the piece of mind. Not just for flood but to be aware of other potential repairs needed. A dealer should let you borrow it. A private seller might be nervous to let you borrow,but can agree to meet you there.
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:51 PM
 
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It's very common for people to dry out cars that had minor flooding without pulling the carpet out but that leaves evidence behind. If you pull back the carpeting on the floor and see rusted seat bolts/frame/sliders or signs of water under the carpet it probably got wet at some point in it's life.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:20 PM
 
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Thank you very much for your advice.

I contacted one person on Craiglist and here is his/her email. It looks like a scam to me.
Question: I asked whether her car got flooded.
Answer: "Please just let me explain how this transaction is. If you want to buy the vehicle and you confirm the payment at eBay I will start the shipping and they will hold the founds until you drive and inspect the vehicle for 5 days. Also the vehicle will arrive with all the documentation's required for registration and the two keys. I will send all the papers and documents title, bill of sale, service records, manuals along with the vehicle to prove the ownership and to be able to register it under your name. The title and the bill of sale it will be both signed, simply go with it at the DMV and register the vehicle under your name. If you are interested please send me your full name, full shipping address and phone number and eBay will register you as a possible buyer and contact you with all the details."

Question: I asked again about the flooded car and whether I could see it and test it.
Answer: "The vehicle is already at our Military Logistic Department sealed and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the vehicle to your home so the shipping is free for you. Only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the vehicle is in their custody."

What do you think?
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Houston TX
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Thank you very much for your advice.

I contacted one person on Craiglist and here is his/her email. It looks like a scam to me.
Question: I asked whether her car got flooded.
Answer: "Please just let me explain how this transaction is. If you want to buy the vehicle and you confirm the payment at eBay I will start the shipping and they will hold the founds until you drive and inspect the vehicle for 5 days. Also the vehicle will arrive with all the documentation's required for registration and the two keys. I will send all the papers and documents title, bill of sale, service records, manuals along with the vehicle to prove the ownership and to be able to register it under your name. The title and the bill of sale it will be both signed, simply go with it at the DMV and register the vehicle under your name. If you are interested please send me your full name, full shipping address and phone number and eBay will register you as a possible buyer and contact you with all the details."

Question: I asked again about the flooded car and whether I could see it and test it.
Answer: "The vehicle is already at our Military Logistic Department sealed and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the vehicle to your home so the shipping is free for you. Only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the vehicle is in their custody."

What do you think?
Of course it's scam. Not necessarily flooded, but definitely scam
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:31 PM
 
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Thanks for your thought.

Because I am new in town and maybe doing business in each state is different. But Buying a car without looking at it and testing it...
I just want to double check with people who know Houston.

Many thanks again.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX
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Yeah, this is just a scam.
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Cinco Dinero
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Definitely a scam. Don’t even consider it if you can’t meet face to face.

You might consider Facebook marketplace instead of Craigslist. At least there you might be able to peek at their profile. Or see where in town they are located. And you need to meet them and check out the car yourself. This has nothing to do with how to spot a flooded car, but everything to do with how to be smart and safe.
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Old 07-26-2018, 10:44 AM
 
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It's very common for people to dry out cars that had minor flooding without pulling the carpet out but that leaves evidence behind. If you pull back the carpeting on the floor and see rusted seat bolts/frame/sliders or signs of water under the carpet it probably got wet at some point in it's life.
Do this and most likely you'll be fine.

A lot of shady people out there. I've seen a lot of vehicles people swore was not flooded and saw signs of flooding on most of them.
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Old 07-26-2018, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Houston TX
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It's been almost a year now. Most of those cars are gone already: either disposed or sold out of state. Time to think about a new hurricane and more flooded cars.
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