Signs that can tip you off.
How many cars and trucks were damaged by floodwaters in 2017? Perhaps as many as a million. Some estimates say as many as 500,000 vehicles were waterlogged in the wake of Hurricane Harvey alone. Were all those cars junked? No. Some are being sold.1
It is not illegal to sell a flood-damaged car. Some auto auctions routinely do, while disclosing that the cars have been soaked. Unethical sellers, however, put these cars on the market with no such admission and scam buyers in the process.1