Vehicles Destroyed by Sandy May Exceed Katrina image

New reports show that the number of vehicles destroyed by Hurricane Sandy might be larger than the 640,000 vehicles destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

If the reports are accurate, Hurricane Sandy would be the largest disaster to impact the US vehicles. Edmunds and Carfax warned used-car customers to be careful when they purchase a car because many flood-damaged vehicles are offered for sale after a major hurricane.

“Carfax already receives information about flood damaged vehicles from every state impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” says Larry Gamache, Carfax communications director. “Information about flood damage is reported to Carfax directly from every state DMV, as well as insurance companies, law enforcement organizations, repair facilities, and many other sources.”

Carfax also offers several tips to help customers avoid buying flooded cars. The first thing to do is to check the inside of the car, the trunk and the engine compartment for water lines, rusted bolts under the seats, brittle wires under the dash and condensation on the instrument panel. Then the customer should also ask the seller to show him the Carfax Vehicle History Report. But the best thing to do is to have a trusted mechanic to check the car before the purchase.