Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Every time there's a storm that damages large numbers of cars, that’s an opportunity for unscrupulous dealers to try to re-sell damaged vehicles.
After Hurricane Katrina, there were many reports of unsuspecting people buying dud autos.
Gutierrez says if you are considering buying a used vehicle, check its history a service like Carfax or AutoCheck.
Then, do a careful inspection of the car, looking underneath the seats, feeling the carpeting, and testing all the electronic components.
“Vehicles that have been flood damaged tend to have a pretty strong mildewy smell so we recommend getting in the car, closing the doors, and really getting a good whiff,” Gutierrez said.