4 Ways to Spot a Flood-Damaged Used Car Before You Buy

Many drivers consider buying a used car an inherent risk—you never know how well it was maintained by the previous owner. It could be on the verge of a breakdown.

Fortunately, most of the pre-owned vehicles for sale at Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen come with free CARFAX Vehicle History Reports, which detail every inspection, repair, and oil change, as well as any problems with the vehicle's title.

With hundreds of thousands of cars, trucks, and SUVs in Texas destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, however, some are certain to be sold by deceptive means. In some cases, vehicles can be title-washed to remove their flood titles, and some sellers prevent issues from showing up on vehicle history reports by making repairs through unscrupulous mechanics who don't report the damage.

How do you make sure you don't wind up behind the wheel of flood salvage?

  • Check the CARFAX report for any suspicious information, like being titled or registered in a FEMA disaster zone
  • Use the National Insurance Crime Bureau's VINCheck service
  • Buy from a trusted dealership, not a private seller or online ad
  • Inspect the vehicle for flood signs like rust, stains, or damaged electronics
Categories: Pre-Owned Inventory, News


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