The number of used cars with undisclosed water damage that were for sale in Virginia rose by 189% between 2002 and 2006, according to a report by Carfax. "Obviously, the biggest increases [of waterlogged used cars] were in the Gulf Coast, but we also saw a clear pattern of massive growth in those states that not only neighbor the Gulf Coast but also have major metropolitan areas," a Carfax spokesman says.

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