Industry experts are warning some flood-damaged vehicles are likely now for sale on the used car market.

An estimated 10,000 vehicles were damaged during the June floods in Alberta.

If the water reached above the dashboard, the vehicle should have been written off. But some are likely also ending up for sale on popular online classified websites and forums, said John Bachinski, executive director at Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council.

Bachinski said used vehicle buyers should check for the smell of mildew, look for water marks, and take the vehicle to a mechanic for a full engine check.

“What happens quite often with individuals, we call them ‘curbers,’ who aren’t licensed. Quite often they are long gone by the time you go back with any complaints.”

Buying privately leaves no legal recourse if there are problems, he said.