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**Attention - Used Solstice Buyers! READ B/4 You Buy!!

I have been asked to pass along the following information:

Beware that there have been some used Solstices that have been in past floods. There are those who have purchased these cars and 'fixed them up' and are now selling them at very attractive pricing.

I am being told that many of these cars are showing up with a variety of electrical problems.

Please .... PLEASE make sure you do a car history report BEFORE you purchase any used Solstice!!
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I was still operating my SnapOn franchise during Katrina and was servicing two salvage yards. Within WEEKS of the hurricane EVERYBODY in the salvage industry was aware of the huge spike in flood cars. So was the auction industry. The salvage yards in the KC area were refusing to accept just about ANY vehicles from the impact areas as they were being hauled away from there in an attempt to dispose of them. Insurance companies were NOT worried about the disposition of these "totalled" cars. Flood car titles will usually be annotated.

When I was operating in S.E. Virginia there was massive flooding in eastern Virginia and some small towns like Franklin were under as much as 30-40 feet of water !!!!!!! About 2 months after the floods subsided EVERY car dealership and body shop I serviced had cars in their bays with interiors pulled out of them and carpets hanging everywhere. Gee, what a surprise.

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You have to do your homework. Personally, if I cannot see a clean title and talk to the previous owner the deal is off... Always have a good mechanic look at the car as well.

Common sense goes a long way here!!

Good post MomsSol!!! With the flooding going on everywhere you have to be very careful when you are purchasing anything used
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My brother in law once bought a brand new Ford truck that had been in a Johnstown flood in the 70s. It was marked way down but was sold as-is, no warranty.

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Wholly agreed. Living in Houston as I tend to do, when I was looking around for my used Sol, I bought from Phoenix, def very few floods there Also, for many people I know who have had flooded vehicles or otherwise wrecked, it has never shown up on a carfax history report. Of course it all depends on where you take it to get it fixed. My brother took my mother's 30th Anniversary Trans Am into a gas pump on prom night going about 110 (in a 35), it never came up on Carfax.
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Wholly agreed. Living in Houston as I tend to do, when I was looking around for my used Sol, I bought from Phoenix, def very few floods there Also, for many people I know who have had flooded vehicles or otherwise wrecked, it has never shown up on a carfax history report. Of course it all depends on where you take it to get it fixed. My brother took my mother's 30th Anniversary Trans Am into a gas pump on prom night going about 110 (in a 35), it never came up on Carfax.
Is it a possibility a car could have been flooded and that not show up on a Carfax report? I've been under the impression the only isssues showing up on a CarFax report are the issues reported and repaired.

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What happens to the new cars that are on the lots down there after flooding?
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Is it a possibility a car could have been flooded and that not show up on a Carfax report? I've been under the impression the only isssues showing up on a CarFax report are the issues reported and repaired.
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What happens to the new cars that are on the lots down there after flooding?
YOU NEED TO HAVE A FULL INDEPENDANT INSPECTION DONE FOR FLOOD AND REPAIR BY SOMEONE YOU TRUST!

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Yes, this does not always show up on carfax or on titles.

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I'm thinking of buying a used 2006 Solstice from a private owner. He's owned it for 2 years and I've done a carfax to confirm this. I'm 63 and haven't ownered a sports car since 1970 (Triumph TR 250). It has 110,000 miles but seems to be in good condition. My question is is this car fairly reliable ? I'm too old to do my own work on the car so I I'm not looking for something that needs to be babied. Thoughts ?
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I paid 17 for my 08GXP a couple weeks ago with 31k miles so tes, this is a fair deal. You want something with low mileage for sure.
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Ardie - (if you're still around the forums). Any car with 110k miles on it is going to need more love and attention that something with 10k miles on it.

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I have been asked to pass along the following information:

Beware that there have been some used Solstices that have been in past floods. There are those who have purchased these cars and 'fixed them up' and are now selling them at very attractive pricing.

I am being told that many of these cars are showing up with a variety of electrical problems.

Please .... PLEASE make sure you do a car history report BEFORE you purchase any used Solstice!!
You make exceptionally good points. If the seller discloses that the car is a flood rebuild, then the buyer knows the risks. If undisclosed, then in many states "buyer beware" doctrine may apply.
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Carfax reports show only "reported" issues. There are ways to avoid reporting those issues. I currently own a car that I purchased used and had a clean Carfax, but had obviously been in an accident (not my Sky).


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If a police report was never made, and/or the insurance never got involved there would be nothing for Car Fax to show.

I won't consider a used car that showed ownership up north or near the ocean. Even if it has a clean carfax.
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I won't consider a used car that showed ownership up north or near the ocean. Even if it has a clean carfax.
Amen to that. The rust is unbelievable on coastal and northern cars.
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