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Insider Report: Guard against hurricane-damaged cars

Published December 11, 2012

Part of the aftermath of any hurricane is damage to many cars. The National Insurance Crime Bureau in the United States claims that the number of cars damaged in Hurricane Sandy is somewhere beyond 230,000. As originally reported by Toronto Star Wheels, many of these vehicles, including damaged new cars from dealership lots, are being held in storage lots before they make their way to the crusher, to prevent these vehicles from being sold to unsuspecting consumers.

Vehicle damage records are not usually shared across borders, which gives bad guys a way to sell vehicles which slip through the cracks. In the past, Canadian consumers could be scammed into buying a flood damaged vehicle from the U.S. The easiest form of protection is to be wary of vehicles that have been imported from outside Canada or to stay away from them altogether. Sometimes though, the deals on cars from the States can be difficult to pass by, so the folks at Carproof have created a free tool for consumers to check a car’s vehicle identification number against flood damaged vehicle listings.

The NICB has put together a video to explain the problem further.

Porsche unveils 2013 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup
2013 will be the third season of the ultra competitive GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and with it comes the launch of a brand new car for the future, the 2013 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup. Built on the same production line as the brand’s flagship 911, the GT3 Cup receives specific modifications to performance and safety systems to ensure that it is ready for the race track right out of the gate. The highly anticipated new racer was unveiled at Porsche’s annual Night of Champions event at their R&D Centre in Weissach last Saturday.

The new car will be raced exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013, and will make its way to other Global series like the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin for the 2014 season.

It had been rumoured that the new car would make use of Porsche’s fully automatic PDK transmission, but it is interesting to note that the 991 GT3 still has a clutch pedal. The clutch will only be used for starting off, then the computer will actuate the clutch as the driver shifts using paddle shifters.

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