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Published January 10, 2013, 10:05 PM

Cars damaged by Hurricane Sandy may be on the way to F-M area

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy last October are making their way into the used-car world. Some are even being found in the Midwest.

By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy last October are making their way into the used-car world. Some are even being found in the Midwest.

Searching for a used vehicle, no matter what kind, can be tricky.

Mason Knoll – Looking for a Used Car: " It's sort of like a gamble - whether or not you’re going to get a good car that's going to last you or one that is going to flake out in a few months.”

Besides crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, all you can do is really just try it out.

Mason Knoll: "I check to see the mileage and then check to see if there is any visible damage.”

But sometimes the problem isn't lying in front of your face.

Benjie Froemke – All City Auto: "Looking in the back of the trunk to see if you see any type of rust or mud or anything like that.”

Now the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is warning consumers that Hurricane Sandy could bring flood-damaged vehicles into a dealership near you.

Benjie Froemke: "Make sure you are getting that vehicle history report, you are trying to look for signs of flood damage, anything you might possibly see on it."

But with these damaged cars streaming in to the market, they’re saying you might want to take another look.

Benjie Froemke: “Usually if a vehicle has been submerged in water, a lot of the time you will be able to see some of those stain spots on the vehicle.”

Also, know your rights. By law, dealerships have to tell you if the car you might pay big bucks for has been seriously damaged.

Benjie Froemke: "You're going to see a significant lesser value on damaged vehicles than other ones."

Evidence of dampness, electronics malfunctioning and a musty smell are all telltale signs a vehicle may have flood damage.

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