Dealership offers tips to avoid buying a car damaged in floods

Emily Allen, Multimedia Journalist /Target 13 Investigator ,
POSTED: 07:01 AM MST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 03:31 PM MDT Sep 29, 2013 

Cars damaged by flooding in Colorado are sneaking into car auctions and dealership lots; one car seller offered tips Saturday to avoid taking one home.

Sean Parker is a used car manager at Al Serra Chevrolet South off Academy Boulevard.  He goes to auctions to bid on used cars that will be sold at the dealership.  He has to be extra careful at auctions after disasters like flooding.

"Let's say (the car) works fine and you don't realize you have a flood damage vehicle and then there is water built up underneath the dash or underneath the electrical box," said Parker. "Next thing you know you have a car with a plethora of problems."

Parker encouraged people in the market for a car to check the following places before signing on the dotted line:

Parker said research is key. A car damaged in a flood can drop in value as much as 75 percent.