SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (DRG News) AAA South Dakota is warning potential car buyers that vehicles that were damaged last week by Hurricane Sandy may soon be making their way to South Dakota for re-sale. Marilyn Buskohl, spokeswoman for AAA South Dakota says in a press release that used car shoppers should look for a few signs that a vehicle may have suffered flood damage. She says a damp or musty odor in the vehicle is often a sign of trouble. Also, new carpeting and upholstery in older vehicles may hide serious problems. People should check for water stains on the entire length of seat belts and look for signs of mud or grit under the spare tire, behind wiring harnesses and under the dashboard. Buskohl says most vulnerable are the engine, transmission and drive train, along with fuel, brake and power steering systems. Other areas of a vehicle that are susceptible to corrosion are engine computers, sensors and electronics. Buskohl says besides water in a vehicle, abrasive dirt and contaminants can also cause major damage, working into every seam and crevice of an auto. She advises that vehicle history reports can be helpful in determining a car’s past-as they usually indicate when a vehicle has been flooded or has a salvage title.
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