If the vehicle is relatively new or still within the factory warranty period, get the vehicle identification number and call the manufacturer to ask if they will honor the warranty -- if it's a flood car, they won't honor the warranty, even if it's new. Before you buy, insist on getting confirmation in writing that the manufacturer will honor the warranty.
Charles Sykes / Associated Press
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