TAMPA, Fla. - Can you spot a flood car? Cosmetic fixes often fool unsuspecting buyers.
Carfax recently demonstrated how a flooded ride could be made to look like new in a matter of hours.
These cars rot from the inside out as flood damage affects the mechanical, electrical and safety systems of the car. Half of the cars damaged get cleaned up and moved around the county with no notation of flood damage.
Dealers must disclose in writing if a vehicle has been branded.
A brand is a descriptive label assigned to a vehicle that appears on that vehicle’s title. This identifies the vehicle’s current or prior condition, such as junk, salvage or flood. Section 319.14(1)(b), Florida Statutes, requires that the Florida of Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates in a conspicuous place on the title that the vehicle is flood damaged and also defines flood vehicle.