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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has issued a consumer alert advising Michigan residents to exercise caution before purchasing their next used car to avoid being scammed into purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle.
The warning comes amid an influx of flood-damaged vehicles on the national automotive market in the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s devastation.
Schuette says prospective buyers should do their homework to avoid being duped by dealers selling refurbished cars without mentioning prior flood damages caused by Superstorm Sandy. The A.G. says before buying a vehicle seek an independent inspection; research the vehicle’s history to find out if it was in a flood region or issued a salvage title; be aware of flood damage signs such as a mold smell, residue in the trunk, or premature rusting where it is not expected; review the vehicle’s paper title before purchase looking for terms like “flood,” “salvage,” or other brands labeling the car as damaged.
Complaints can be filed with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.
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