NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In the aftermath of flooding throughout the state, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission is encouraging consumers to be cautious when buying used cars.
The commission said in a news release that scam artists may try to sell cars with flood damage to unsuspecting consumers.
Flooding can damage a vehicle's computer and electrical systems, brakes and air bag systems.
The commission suggested that consumers check for signs of mud or rust, discolored or faded carpeting and mildew smell.
Also checked should be warning lights, gauges, lights, wipers, turn signals, radio and heat and air conditioning.
The commission advises consumers to buy only from dealers that hold a Motor Vehicle Dealers License.
The licenses can be found at http://verify.tn.gov.
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