SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Registry of Motor Vehicles is warning consumers in western Massachusetts to watch out for scammers who sell cars with reconstructed titles from Oregon that mask vehicles damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
The RMV says hidden water damage could pose dangers in the long-term, including system failure and safety problems.READ MORE: Fraternity Suspended As Police Investigate Death Of UNH Student Vincenzo Lirosi
The agency says it is stepping up scrutiny of the reconstructed titles. It also asks consumers in and around Springfield to investigate vehicle history before making a purchase by visiting http://www.vehiclehistory.gov or http://www.carfax.com/flood .READ MORE: When Will The Snow Start? First Widespread Snow Of The Season Expected Wednesday For Massachusetts
Red flags on these reports include a damage report filed Nov. 29, 2012 indicating a total loss vehicle, a salvage titled issued in New York or New Jersey salvage and a title issued by Oregon.
RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian says the agency has seen more than 50 titled that fit this bill.MORE NEWS: Massachusetts Was The Most Generous State In 2021, GoFundMe 'Giving Report' Finds
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