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What to look out for when buying a vehicle

Minot - "Are we aware or wary of them? Yes we certainly are," owner at Ryan Family Dealerships, Mike Gaddie said.

After many roads turned to water ways down south, there's a chance that flooded vehicles make their way up north.

"There are ways to scrub titles, there's a lot of different things that can happen where those cars can slip through," Gaddie said.
"So if you're not looking for the indicators, you might get stuck with one."

Some indicators can be seen.

Jeff Luedke, owner and general manager at Murphy Motors said, "Obviously if a car has been wet there might be some rust, a lot of times you'll see it on bumpers but to be honest with you it's difficult to check on a vehicle that's been wet."

Unlike rust or corrosion, the ones that will likely cause the most problems are hidden on the inside.

"A lot of times there's condensation on the electrical things so if you do have an idea that a car is from down there, I would take it to a service shop and have them check it out for you," said Luedke.

If the issues don't present themselves right away, both Luedke and Gaddie said it's only a matter of time.

"You can talk about where to find corrosion and whatever but if the deal is too good to be true, you better be aware of what you're doing," Gaddie said.

A service like Carfax can save you the trouble, but not all cars are in that database.

That's why most reliable dealerships take it upon themselves to seek out the indicators to avoid aquatic automobiles.

Most of us dealers have been around more than 15 years. We want to sell people good quality cars and we're going to do our due diligence to stay away from those vehicles," Leudke said.

Gaddie said some other indicators can be dirt or corrosion in the alternator or the crevices of the engine, that's unless it's been replaced.

You can also look to remove the screws in the glove box or center console to see if there's any rust of corrosion.

He said Ryan dealerships are also doing their part to keep flooded vehicles away.


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