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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Hurricane fraud alert: Now the flood cars

Kidssafepic By Greg Reeves
At left is a happy Kansas family, as pictured on AG Phill Kline's Website, trying to avoid getting ripped off by:

          • Hurricane charity scams
          • Phony hurricane-relief Websites
          • Gas gougers

Next, Kline warns: flood cars. Regarding the vehicle you're interested in:

  • Are there water marks on seat cushions? Door panels? Radiator? Wheel wells?
  • How about rust on the door hinges? Hood springs? Trunk latch?
  • Is the owner manual soggy? Musty? Heavily scented?

Read Star consumer reporter Paul Wenske's comprehensive look at this problem. And more in Kline's Consumer Corner. And be sure to run a hankie underneath the seat cushions. It'll come up musty in a flood car.

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