ANCHOR LEAD: Many areas of the country have seen severe weather and flood damage over the past few months. Damaged vehicles can often end up hundreds of miles away from the flooding event to cities where consumers might not be as suspicious of them. That's why it's important to know the signs a car may have been in a flood. Brian Osuch has the story. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Flood damage can cause a number of problems in a vehicle, like damaging critical electrical systems responsible for key safety features. Brian Moody of AutoTrader.com says it's important for car shoppers to beware when buying a used car.
CUT: (Moody) Hidden rust can really destroy your car especially over time. There are some key places to check like the trunk and under the hood for some exposed screws. And you also may want to look for mud and debris hidden in some unlikely places like the trunk, under the carpet and maybe even under some of the suspension components.
SCRIPT: Then there's the simple sniff test…
CUT: (Moody) If you notice that there's a mildewy smell inside of the care, there could be flood damage. In fact, the smell of excessive air fresheners could be just as bad a sign as it's trying to mask something.
SCRIPT: Moody also says be wary of "too good to be true" deals.
CUT: (Moody) A big red flag is if the car is priced well below similar makes and models in your area. You should compare prices for cars on sites like AutoTrader, and of course, we always advise getting a vehicle history report and having it inspected by a mechanic before you buy.
SCRIPT: For more, go to AutoTrader.com. That's Newsbreak from AutoTrader.com.
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