Flood Cars Back on the Market

Jakarta Floods Displace Thousands

Everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past few weeks has seen the news footage of the massive floods caused by Harvey and Irma.

There were an estimated 1.1 million cars flooded in TX by Harvey and probably more than that number flooded in FL by Irma. Some of those cars will make it back onto the market and be sold to unsuspecting consumers later this year.

To protect yourself, first do not buy a vehicle that was registered or offered for sale anywhere near these areas at the time of the storm. Second, get any TX or FL vehicle pre-checked before you buy it. Make sure that the vehicle is clean before you pay for it. The cost of this independent inspection could save you thousands of dollars and many hours of headaches.

Carfax states that there are over 325,000 vehicles being driven on roads right now that have a previous flood history. That number is up 20% from just a few years ago and is expected to at least double after these two most recent major storms.

Texas leads the way with 51,000 previously flooded cars on the road, followed by 29,000 in Louisiana, 21,000 in Florida and 16,000 in Kentucky.

“Flooded cars rot from the inside out as water corrodes the mechanical parts, shorts the electrical system and compromises safety features like airbags and antilock brakes. Health concerns are an added problem, as mold and bacteria permeate the soft parts of the car,” the Carfax release says.

“Our data shows there’s still much work to be done in helping consumers avoid buying flood-damaged cars,” Carfax President Dick Raines says. “They can, and do, show up all over the country, whether it be a few miles or hundreds of miles from where the flooding occurred. With two devastating storms already this year, it’s vital for used-car buyers everywhere to protect themselves from flooded cars that may wind up for sale.”

Carfax is allowing consumers to check for flood damage at carfax.com/flood at no cost.

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Over 1 Million Cars Destroyed by Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25th and dumped more than 40 inches on rain.

As a result, an estimate 1.1 to 1.3 million new and used vehicles were flooded. Many of these vehicles may make it back onto the resale market and the buyers may not know anything about the prior water damage until the mechanical and electric failures start to happen.

If you are shopping for a vehicle now or will be in the near future, make sure to check both the Carfax report and the Autocheck history report to see where the vehicle was last registered or offered for sale. You should seriously consider passing on the vehicle if it was registered or reported for sale in Texas around the time of Harvey. The value of the vehicles registered in TX during this major storm will be severely affected, whether storm damaged or not.

The federal government set up a website to try and keep track of all vehicles affected after hurricane Katrina, so we expect that they’ll do the same this time around. We’ll post that info and a link to that site once it’s live.

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2014 Porsche Cayenne wins Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Award

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The September 2017 issue of Consumer Reports just hit the store shelves and this month’s magazine includes consumer reviews and satisfaction ratings for three year old vehicles.

You hear a lot of TV commercials from FORD, Chevy, etc talking about “initial quality” awards that they won. What does “initial quality” really mean? Does it mean that they know how to build a car and initially it’s put together properly and functions as it should? I think that’s exactly what it means and probably no manufacturer should get an award for doing what they’re supposed to do…like manufacturing a vehicle. That’s what they’re paid to do.

That’s why I like to find articles and reviews from folks who have owned their vehicle for a few years and have gotten to feel the car out on every kind of road, in every kind of situation and then talk a bit about the highs and lows of their experience.

Consumer reports says “Consumer ­Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.”

Anyhow, that’s the kind of data they put together this month and this is what they had to say about the 2014 Cayenne:

The midsized Cayenne is one of the sportiest, most agile SUVs on the market. While the base V6 provides good power, the V8 engine delivers even more. The eight-speed automatic is super-smooth. The ride is supple and steady. The seats are comfortable, and the cargo area is roomy enough. Interior fit and finish is impeccable.

Road Test Results:

The Cayenne packs genuine Porsche DNA into its driving characteristics with communicative steering and responsive brakes that feel direct and precise. Even when it’s asked to carve its way around a racetrack, the Cayenne remains in its element.

And yet, it’s also a luxurious and functional SUV with ample passenger and cargo room. The ride is supple and steady when cruising on a highway. A quiet cabin and superbly comfortable seats ensure you’ll reach your destination fresh and fatigue-free. Interior materials and fit and finish are impeccable and in good taste with genuine wood, leather and chrome. A handy touchscreen interfaces with the audio, phone and navigation functions.

The owner reviews are outstanding and that’s why the cayenne beat out the other competitors in it’s class, including the Lexus RX, Lexus GX, Lexus LX, MDX, Touareg, q7, QX80, QX60, Escalade and more.

Branches 42nd Annual Car Show in Souderton, PA Today

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Today is the 42nd Annual Branches “Brawn and Beauty” car show, auction and chicken BBQ. This event supports a great cause, the residents of Souderton Mennonite Home retirement community who can no longer afford to pay for their own care. Awards will be presented today at around 3pm, so get there early enough to check everything out. Trophies will be given to 1st and 2nd place in each of the following four categories: antique, classic, modified, and muscle car. A trophy will also be given for Best of Show.

Check this show out at 207 W Summit Street Souderton, PA, 18964

Good Guys West Coast Nationals Starts Today

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The 31st Annual Good Guys West Coast Nationals in Alemda, CA starts today and runs thru Sunday August 27th.

This is the largest hot rod, customs and classic show in America and features all types of muscle cars thru the 1972 model year.

This year’s show also features a nitro dragster exhibition, live music, over 3,000 hot rods, tons of food vendors, model cars and pedal car show, pin striping demonstrations, and more.

Check out their site here for more info:

https://www.good-guys.com/wcn-2017

 

Austin Healey Encounter 40 Starts Wednesday August 9th

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This year’s meet in Princeton, NJ marks the 40th consecutive Encounter meet.

The show will be held on the village streets and will feature tech sessions, charity auctions, special guests and more.

The meet starts on Wednesday August 9th at 3pm and runs until Saturday August 12th at the 7pm awards banquet.

Be sure to check out the wine tasting event at the Hopewell Valley Winery on Thursday at 4pm.

Happy motoring!

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3 Great Road Trips with your Dog

The guys here at eimports4Less put together a short list of “must take” road trips this summer and we added an extra twist this year: we noted only places that are extremely dog friendly. This way you can take your best friend along for the ride.

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#1 on our list of great cities and great road trips is Chicago. Everybody loves the Windy City and this place is very dog friendly. Make sure to check out Oak Street Beach and the miles of walking trails along Lake Michigan.

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#2 is Northern California’s coastline. You can choose from hundreds of miles of gorgeous coastline and fantastic drives along the Pacific Coast Highway, but our hands down favorite is the short trip from Big Sur to the beach at Carmel by the Sea. There may be no better scenery on Earth.

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#3 this year is Portland, Maine. We love this city, the great scenery and it might be the most dog friendly area we’ve visited.

Happy Motoring!