Buyers Beware | Trucks Flooded by Sandy Could Pop Up for Sale

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Buyers Beware | Trucks Flooded by Sandy Could Pop Up for Sale

A map from truck history report site RigDig showing how many trucks are operated by entities in the states affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Published By: Jill Dunn, Overdrive Magazine

In Hurricane Sandy’s wake, fraud experts are warning of unscrupulous truck sellers who may attempt to hide flood damage from buyers.

Joe Wehrle, who heads the non-profit National Insurance Crime Bureau, said Sandy may have resulted in thousands of vehicles flooded in several states. “Unscrupulous salvage operators and dealers often try to conceal from potential buyers the fact that vehicles have been damaged by a natural disaster,” Wehrle said.

The National Automobile Dealers Association, which includes the American Truck Dealers division, also issued a post-Sandy alert to check vehicle’s title history by VIN through commercially available vehicle history reports or through the bureau.

RigDig Truck History Reports are specifically designed for the commercial truck market, using sources that track junk and salvage vehicles, total loss insurance claims, title and odometer brands, accidents, inspections, ownership, cargo hauled and CSA scores.

The Equipment Data Associates, a division of Randall-Reilly, produces the reports. More information is available at


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Over the last 10 years RigDig has reported an average over 93,000 federally reported tow-away accidents annually for class 3-8 trucks. Of these accidents, 2.9% resulted in a fatality.

VIN Cloning is a growing crime, where criminals take the vehicle identification number (VIN) from a wrecked vehicle while it is sitting in a junkyard, then create new VIN plates for a stolen vehicle of the same make, model, year and color. RigDig can protect you from purchasing a VIN cloned vehicle.

2.8% of all RigDig Reports run by users were for trucks that were flagged as either Junk, Salvage or had a serious Salvage Title.

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