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Buyers cautioned on Sandy cars

Car buyers are being warned to watch out for U.S. imports that may be flood damaged from Hurricane Sandy.

Tens of thousands of vehicles on the U.S. east coast were submerged in salt water and contaminated by bacteria and toxins from the storm.

And ICBC warns they'll soon end up on the market across North America, with some likely showing up in B.C.

Flood-damaged vehicles are being designated non-repairable by Transport Canada and won't qualify for on-road use in Canada because they can be extremely unsafe due to compromised electronic and computer systems.

ICBC recommends buying a U.S. import only from a licensed dealer, which are required to disclose the vehicle's history, conducting a thorough vehicle inspection and researching the vehicle's history through online tools like CarProof.

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