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philh

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Posted: 08/24/19 08:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

D.E.Bishop wrote:

Just a simple question, aren't vehicles that are salvaged out due to flood damage, cleaned up and then resold listed as such in DMV records and in insurance company records? It seems that a Carfax or such would turn up that information. Insurance companies don't like insuring flood damaged vehicles, very expensive when problems arise.

It is possible to "wash" the title, turning a salvage into a clean vehicle.

Carfax isn't perfect.

FishOnOne

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Posted: 08/24/19 10:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remove the plastic door sill and look for silt.


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never beleave carfax ,they only see what some body put on paper,and miss that some times.

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By law salvage autos are marked with DMV , maybe ! I spent 30 years in Insurance salvage and there are many ways that this fails . Many large businesses and municipalities will " self insure " and no DMV will be involved . Some autos will only carry liability insurance , if flooded no insurance claim so no DMV .Out right flood fraud is not a giant problem in this country but do not assume that Carfax is a cure all.
After a large storm insurance companies will call in their CAT TEAM and prepare to handle anywhere from ten to 40, 000 autos .Some autos may sit in the salvage yards for years as we can not sell them until paperwork catches up . Companies such as Sadisco, Copart , Manheim and a whole bunch of alphabet ones will transport ,do paper work and sell these autos .

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The buyers that come to these salvage auctions are generally not crooks , they do not want the problems that can come with a bad auto or title . Myself I have been called to testify against a Georgia dealer who had a successful system to "wash " titles .He got 2 years as a guest of the state and
$110,000 fine . Carfax is not the answer , I once bought a new Ford from a dealer and as it was free to me I ran the Carfax , they said that it had been in a wreck 4 months before it came off the factory floor .I am sure most are correct but myself would not waste my time or money on Carfax .

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For how much these used trucks cost and for whatever reason you perceive saving some huge amount of money buying used, spend a few of those $$ and get a professional set of eyes on it. A bunch of guys on the internet can pretend to give you solid advice but there is no substitute for a professional set of eyes. Just like you do things in your job that no one else could with some internet advice, vehicle inspection pros can spot things in seconds that can slip buy even the best internet inspection cowboy.

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