TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Many drivers in the Tampa Bay area tried to drive through floodwater this week during Tropical Storm Eta and ended up with damage to their vehicles. And their problem could become your problem if you are not careful.
According to Carfax, those same flood-damaged cars could end up for sale. So far this year, Carfax reports 446,836 flooded cars back in use nationwide. A spokeswoman said 5,200 of those are in the Tampa Bay area.
And get this: Florida had 31,300 flood-damaged cars for sale – the second-highest in the nation, according to Carfax.
Selling a flood-damaged car that’s been repaired isn’t illegal, as long as it is disclosed to buyers. But consumers complain to 8 On Your Side that they’ve purchased damaged cars without knowing in the past.
David Cohen, a mechanic at A&D Automotive in Tampa said he doesn’t recommend buying a flood-damaged car,