About this time last year I was sitting in the dark, scavenging for gas — driving up to 50 miles to find it — and wondering when the hell my power was going to be turned back on.

Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey hard.

I remember heading into New York City where my sister's Chelsea apartment was one of the few below 34th Street with power. Looking down 6th Avenue into a pool of black nothingness was weird. But I signed on here and got some work done. Some normalcy had returned.

It didn't take too long post-event for reports of flood-damaged vehicles to trickle in. We wrote about all-new cars that were flooded at the port and in January we brought it to your attention that there were THOUSANDS of damaged vehicles occupying a runway in Long Island.

Well, someone's gotta make a buck.

A great post via AutoWeek and information obtained by Kars4Kids provides you with all the information you'll need to make sure you don't wind up stuck with a flood-ravaged clunker.

Click "Read Article" to see the infographics, heatmaps and tips to make sure you don't get into one of these sorry wrecks.

Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast a year ago, and like all storms its size, we're still paying for its unintended consequences today. One of the areas that always gets a boost after a storm like this is the used car market. More than 250,000 cars were damaged by the hurricane, and 50 percent of these will be resold, according to Kars4Kids, the nation's largest car-donation charity. The outfit created an infographic to help understand what to look for when buying a car after a storm.

The flood-damaged cars are supposed to receive a junk or salvage title to warn future buyers of potential problems, but certain states don't require this disclosure and sometimes cars are sent to one of those for new, untainted titles...

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SPY BEFORE YOU BUY: Don't Get Duped Buying A Car FLOODED By Hurricane Sandy

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