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How to Avoid Flood-Damaged Car Scams After Hurricane Harvey

Despite the many concerned messages you've received from out-of-state friends and relatives, El Paso was relatively unharmed by Hurricane Harvey. But that doesn't mean you're not at risk of buying a flood-damaged car.

According to Kelley Blue Book, as many as 500,000 cars in Texas were destroyed by Harvey, and many of those will end up being sold using an underhanded tactic called title-washing.

Normally, a vehicle's title is branded as flood damaged (or as junk, or salvage) to let prospective customers know that they are essentially buying scrap metal. Yet in many cases, sellers…

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