The AutoMuse is kind enough to warn us of a potential flood of, um, flood-damaged cars in the used-car market. As she points out, a car has to receive a salvage title in Louisiana for its title to be "branded" as having suffered water damage. If the vehicle isn't declared a total loss, there is nothing forcing disclosure that it was in a flood. Also keep in mind that if the car isn't insured, then it probably won't be declared a loss if recovered from a flood. That's less likely with a late-model car, but those shopping for older cars, especially those that are on the less expensive side, need to beware. A hat tip goes out to The Auto Prophet, who suggests Carfax. While it may not be perfect at showing a vehicle's repair record (it's difficult to track non-insurance repairs), its registration history might tip off a buyer to potential problems.


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