More flood-damaged cars back on the road, with Florida among top states

Residents help push a stranded car into a driveway along Alden Ridge Drive after heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaac caused the nearby lake to overflow flooding the neighborhood streets of the Alden Ridge housing community in Boynton Beach in 2012. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Residents help push a stranded car into a driveway along Alden Ridge Drive after heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaac caused the nearby lake to overflow flooding the neighborhood streets of the Alden Ridge housing community in Boynton Beach in 2012. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Florida ranks in the top three states where previously flooded vehicles are back on the roads, according to a new report.

More than 271,000 cars that have been reported as flooded are back in use, according to the study, done by Carfax.

Florida has about 17,000 of these vehicles on the road — and about 1,200 are in West Palm Beach.

Only Texas and Pennsylvania rank higher than the Sunshine State in the study.

The company looked at data from the parties that keep track of flooded-vehicle reports, including state departments of motor vehicles and insurance companies.

The number could be greater: The Palm Beach Post reported in January that Florida ranks first in the nation for water-related car insurance claims.

The flood-damaged vehicles on the road in Florida may not necessarily be from Florida: Flooded vehicles can be shipped anywhere, warns consumer advocacy group AAA.

As communities across the Southeast continue to recover from recent flooding, it heightens the need for car buyers to be vigilant.

The study is the latest effort from Carfax to help buyers and sellers avoid flood-damaged used cars, said Carfax spokesman Chris Basso.

Carfax offers free reports on vehicles to check for flood damage. Go to www.carfax.com/flood and search using the vehicle identification number.

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