CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’re shopping for a used motor vehicle it’s important to find out if that vehicle may have been in an accident or a flood.

Consumer advocates are warning that an increase in water-damaged used cars are being sold in Massachusetts after flooding disasters in other parts of the country.

The 22News I-Team found out how hard it is to detect water damage and how you can protect yourself from buying a flood vehicle.

Watch 22News I-Team reporter Kate Wilkinson’s report on flood-damaged cars, Thursday on 22News at 6 p.m.