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3: Analyze Your Circumstances

Avoid Buying a Salvaged or Stolen Car

Use the free VINCheck at the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) to see if the used car has been declared salvaged or stolen. Also check these signs for water damage:

  • Mildew, debris, or silt
  • Rust
  • Water stains
  • Dampness or moldy odors
  • Moisture on inside of instrument panels

Watch this video from the Insurance Information Institute (III) to learn about how to avoid buying a flood-damaged car. Click here to watch on YouTube.


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