Would-be buyers warned of Sandy-damaged car resales

Officials with the state's Motor Vehicle Commission are warning would-be buyers about buying Superstorm Sandy-damaged cars. The MVC says it has seen a near 6,000

It's not illegal to sell flooded or salvaged titles, but sellers are supposed to disclose that information.

It's not illegal to sell flooded or salvaged titles, but sellers are supposed to disclose that information. (1/31/13)

MORGANVILLE - Officials with the state's Motor Vehicle Commission are warning would-be buyers about buying Superstorm Sandy-damaged cars.

The MVC says it has seen a near 6,000 percent increase in flood-damaged and salvage vehicle titles processed in the past three months.

While it's not against the law to sell a flooded or salvaged title, the seller is legally obligated to disclose that information to potential buyers.

The Division of Consumer Affairs has added an online database to its website where would-be buyers can look up a car by make, model, year or VIN to check for flood damage.

The database has more than 13,000 vehicles in it so far.

AP Wire Service contributed to this report.

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Beware of Flood-Damaged Vehicles

The New Jersey Division of consumer affairs wants anyone who believes they've been cheated to visit their website or to call the agency to register a complaint.

The vehicle database is also up on the consumer affairs website.

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Online database of salvage-titled and flood-titled vehicles

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