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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — If you plan to buy a used car in the near future, you have to be careful.

Thanks to torrential rains and flash flooding, flood damaged cars are a reality here in the Mid-South.

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This could lead to scammers attempting to pawn damaged cars to unsuspecting buyers.

The Better Business Bureau said people often don’t know they bought a flood-damaged car until it’s too late.

But, there are some things you can do to avoid becoming a victim.

The BBB said you should check for signs of damage.

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If the carpet was recently replaced or the car smells of mold, this could be a red flag.

Daniel Irwin of the Mid-South BBB said anyone selling a flooded vehicle is required by law to disclose this information to the buyer before purchase.

He said you should always use a reputable title check service to check a car’s history.

However, he said a car’s flood history can take up to a month to be posted on consumer reporting sites. That’s why he said it’s important to buy a car from an authorized car dealership.

He also recommends having the car checked by a mechanic before buying it.

“Look for mud or water damage inside the wheel. Well, just little things like that,” Irwin said. you can go bbb.org to verify the seller, read reviews and know who you are dealing with.


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