Here's an example. The BMW in this photo was one year old, and the sunroof was left open in a heavy rain. The floor flooded about two inches deep. Would you care to guess the repair bill? It touched five figures to replace those modules and wiring, all of which were waterlogged.
Another problem is that Carfax is not infallible. Not all insurers report to them, in all states. Sometimes privacy laws get in the way, and commercial concerns. And there are the uninsured cars - when they flood no one marks their titles or takes any action at all.
The purple dollies are what we used to roll it into the shop, because it could not be shifted out of park. But it looked great!
Until we looked closer, and saw . . .
Every electrical module rotted to junk
In the end, this great looking Range Rover was towed to the junkyard by a very sad buyer.
- Buy insurance before you drive, and include comprehensive;
- If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is;
- If the title and history of a used car cannot be solidly verified, find another car.