How Hurricane-Damaged Cars Could Be Sold 1,000 Miles Away in Vermont

The Proclaimers sang, "I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more" as a testament of love that overcomes any obstacle, no matter how hard. It's a vast distance—about as far as Brattleboro is from Florida.

But a thousand miles isn't all that far to travel if you're driving.

When Vermonters shop for a used car, they aren't always on the lookout for flood damage. We're half the country away from where Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma devastated cities and left half a million vehicles totaled. Yet with so many flood-damaged cars out there, some are bound to make their way here.

Be alert for scams any time you buy a pre-owned car, but especially when you're dealing with a private seller. Faith's Ford gives you the CARFAX Vehicle History Reports on our used inventory, so you can see if the vehicle has a clean title, and if it has recently been registered near a FEMA disaster area.

In some cases, however, flood damage may not show up in the vehicle's history if it was never reported. Always inspect the car in person for tell-tale signs like mildew, rust, and mud lodged in engine compartments.

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