Buyer beware. From ABC news, a story about a MINI that was damaged during Katrina, ended up in Kansas City then sold to an unsuspecting buyer in South America.

>Sight unseen, Vargas bought the car over the Internet through a dealer in Bolivia for $7,000. He then spent $5,000 shipping the car of his dreams to Los Angeles, down the Pacific Coast to Chile, and over the Andes Mountains to Cochabamba, Bolivia.

>Vargas said he had no idea that he was buying a car that had spent several weeks stewing in saltwater. ABC News learned that many Katrina cars ended up here in Bolivia and in other Latin American countries that are too poor to monitor car imports.

The take-away here should be, as always, if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

[ From Hurricane Katrina to Bolivia? The Journey of a Flooded Car ]