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BBB Alert: Water damaged cars flooding the market

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The heavy flooding which hit the Midwest in August has resulted in reports throughout the country that some used car dealers are selling flood-damaged cars. These are cars that have been underwater, and Dick Eppstein of the Better Business Bureau says it isn't a good idea to buy one.

Here are some tips on how to determine if the used car you are considering has been flood-damaged:

• Look under the hood, suspension and brakes for caked on mud or dirt stains.

• Does the carpet looks new or not match other areas of the interior?

• Look in the dash, trunk, glove compartment and underneath the seat for any mud or water stains

• Musty odors are a real tip off that it was in water for a long time

• Check the wires underneath the dashboard.

• Get a copy of the vehicle's history report, like CARFAX.

For more from the Better Business Bureau of Greater Toledo, visit http://toledo.bbb.org/.

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