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After Hurricane Ian, flood-damaged ‘nightmare’ cars could hit Massachusetts used car market: AAA

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Flood-damaged cars could be making their way into the local used car market, AAA Northeast is warning buyers after Hurricane Ian wrecked boatloads of vehicles in Florida last week.

These problematic cars might be coming to the Bay State amid a shortage of new and used cars, as people desperately search for cheaper deals.

“The concern is the used car market has been a tough market,” AAA Northeast’s Mark Schieldrop told the Herald on Thursday. “It’s not a great time to buy a used vehicle because prices are still high.

“So people could be putting flood-damaged cars on the market here when there’s a strong demand for used vehicles,” he added. “Shoppers have to be suspicious if they see a good deal. If the price looks too good to be true, it likely is.”

CARFAX has reported that nearly 50% of flood-damaged totaled vehicles return to the market as used cars.

“It’s pretty alarming to hear that,” Schieldrop said. “Flood-damaged cars can be a nightmare with so many problems.”

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