Cars piled on top of each other at the entrance to a garage on South Willliam Street in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2012. Credit:  STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images. Cars piled on top of each other at the entrance to a garage on South Willliam Street in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2012. Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images.

Governor Andrew Cuomo warned consumers today to look out for used car sales that could potentially land them with storm-damaged cars.

Buyers can access a database from the National Insurance Crime Bureau to immediately check whether a used car is a "flood car" from Hurricane Sandy, or damaged from any other storm or circumstance.

Cuomo warned that around 400,000 cars were flooded after Sandy.

 

The database runs vehicle identification numbers (VIN) to check if the car has been declared as salvage by an insurance company participating in the NICB VINCheck program. It will report both the date of loss and the cause of damage.

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