Ruined Cars

Ruined cars

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More Cars Ruined Than Any Single Event in the US.

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Enormous plots of land have been turned into vehicle graveyards.

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When a devastating flood event like Hurricane Harvey hits a city like Houston, the result is car Armageddon.

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A new report from Car and Driver found as many as 1 million cars were destroyed by the August 2017 natural disaster, ruining more vehicles than “any single event in America.” This caused a massive event where car owners attempted to salvage anything they could from their flood-damaged vehicles, selling them for as little as a few hundred dollars in some instances.

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Many of those flooded vehicles were moved to enormous plots of land where they’ve rested after the storm. The Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, held as many as 100,000 vehicles after the hurricane. At Texas World Speedway in College Station, the scene was very similar.

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After the vehicles made it to the oversized lots, they were assessed, then sent out for resale or scrapped. But that doesn’t mean every car on the market received this assessment, and experts warn there are likely many Harvey-damaged cars currently on the market that are substandard – and not just in Texas.

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“They show up all over the country, whether it be a few miles or hundreds of miles from where the flooding occurred,” Dick Raines, president of Carfax, said in a September 2017 press release. “With two devastating storms … it’s vital for used car buyers everywhere to protect themselves from flooded cars that may wind up for sale. Start with a thorough test drive, a vehicle history report and a mechanic’s inspection before buying any used car.”


 

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