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You don't want to buy a car with flood damage. Seriously.

Most experts agree that after a car has been sitting in more than a few feet of water, it's better off being sold for scrap. It can be painful junking these flood victims—they often look good as new on the outside. The problem is, there's no getting around the severe damage to all electrical systems, and no way to reverse the internal rusting once it has begun.

But that doesn't stop underhanded sellers from trying to pass off a damaged car as a sound one. In fact, as Texas recovers from Hurricane Harvey, used-car buyers in Michigan should be on the lookout for flood-damaged cars being sold here.

Kelley Blue Book warns that many cars damaged by Harvey could have their flood titles concealed through a process called "title washing," and that they may wind up being sold to unsuspecting customers in other states.

That's one of the reasons it pays to have any used car inspected by a mechanic before purchase, and to work with a trusted dealership like Bell Ford.

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