DVS warns Minn. consumers of hurricane-damaged vehicles

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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety issued an alert to warn consumers of flood-damaged vehicles from Hurricane Sandy that could end up on Minnesota dealers' lots.

Thousands of vehicles sustained severe water damage during the massive East Coast storm which can destroy a vehicle's electrical system, including airbag sensors, and make them prone to failure. KARE 11 reports.

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is designed to protect consumers from concealed vehicle histories. Under federal law, insurance companies are required to report any vehicle they deemed a total loss to NMVTIS.

However, the system is not fool proof. NMVTIS runs on a 30-day cycle, so it's possible a vehicle may not show up in the system if it has not been reported yet.

FOX9 has more details on Minnesota laws put in place to protect consumers from fraudulent car sales. But if you're in the market to buy a used car, DPS recommends having the vehicle inspected by a professional for mechanical and electrical performance.

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