Nothing potential about it, shysters would resell them in a NY Minute
Posted Dec 29, 2011 2:55 AM
There are folks over there in the car sales business with absolutely no scruples too. If those flood-destroyed cars got sold off complete and un-crushed as scrap, they'd find them being cleaned out, patched up, and being sold off to unsuspecting buyers in days.
And if they try to go the CarFax route by reporting the bad VINs and blocking their registration ("Salvage" titling) there'll be a new black market in fake VIN tags and forged paperwork to invent new clean VINs.
You have to totally rebuild or replace every single complex mechanical system and electronic device on the car, and the main wiring harness, or you'll fight endless corrosion failures. And that's going to cost more than the car is worth.
Might be able to flush out the engine and transmission and other big mechanical parts, if they were submerged for a few weeks they've got rust started in internal spaces where it'll pop up as trouble in a year or two.
The only safe way to do it is break the cars and strip them down to component level parts, then they can be inspected and used as spares. But even then, someone will just hose off and crate up the transmission and sell it as "New!"