West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urges consumers to exercise caution when purchasing used vehicles potentially submerged by last month\u2019s flooding rains.\r\n\u201cWith so many vehicles destroyed by this summer\u2019s historic flooding, it\u2019s plausible someone may try to take advantage of the situation,\u201d Morrisey said. \u201cThat\u2019s why potential car buyers must be on guard and watch for deals that seem too good to be true.\u201d\r\nState law prohibits the reselling of a submerged vehicle without a salvaged title. This requires anyone repairing a total loss to do so with a specially licensed salvage mechanic and document its redeemed status with a salvage title thereafter.\r\nThose opting to mitigate their total loss should question any towing company to ensure it is dealt with accordingly. Doing so will provide some certainty that the flood victim\u2019s total loss doesn\u2019t become another\u2019s profit and an eventual buyer\u2019s problem.\r\nOtherwise, there are several things consumers can do to ensure they make a good purchase. Tips include researching the automobile\u2019s history with its vehicle identification number (VIN) via CARFAX and evaluating the dealership through Better Business Bureau.\r\nThose buying from a private owner should have a trusted mechanic inspect the vehicle for any issue.\r\nConsumers should pay particular concern to any vehicle with multiple owners in multiple states over a short period of time. That protects the consumer from anyone who would repair a submerged vehicle in a state with less stringent laws and then resell it in West Virginia.\r\nSimply put, consumers should question the absence of a salvage title whenever their inspection report or research indicates their potential purchase was submerged.\r\nIf you have a question regarding a potential purchase or believe you have a complaint, call the Attorney General\u2019s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or file a report online at www.wvago.gov.