Texas attorney general warns of vehicles flooded by Harvey

In this Aug. 29, 2017, photo, residents wade past a flooded car as they evacuate their homes near the Addicks Reservoir as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise in Houston. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton offered a consumer alert on Wednesday, Sept. 27, warning potential used car buyers that as many as 1 million vehicles flooded during Hurricane Harvey. In Texas, a seller is required by law to tell prospective buyers about vehicle damage. If it's from flooding, the words "Flood Damage" must be on the vehicle's title. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip File)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning potential used car buyers that as many as 1 million vehicles flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

Paxton on Wednesday offered the consumer alert as cleanup continues following Harvey, which hit South Texas on Aug. 25. Heavy rain led to flooding that inundated areas including Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles advises that flood-damaged vehicles usually have evidence of water and grit inside and in the engine compartment.

In Texas, a seller is required by law to tell prospective buyers about vehicle damage. If it's from flooding, the words "Flood Damage" must be on the vehicle's title. Failure to disclose that information may violate the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Complaints can be filed online with Paxton's office.

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