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How To Tell If The Car, Truck or Auto You Want To Buy Has Been Flooded or Water Damaged.
But, surprise, many of the cars and trucks are bought and resold as a used car. This is one of the major complaints when buying used cars. Major hurricanes cause many cars to be totaled and have their titles labeled by insurance companies as "Flooded".
How To Spot Flood Damage.
Look for water lines inside the
engine. A car sitting in a few feet of water will leave water lines on
the radiator, on the engine, the wheel wells, inside the car, inside the
door panel, inside the trunk. Car dealers may have cleaned the engine
or outside of car so you will need to examine closely.
Flood-damaged vehicles - what to look for when shopping
Cars damaged by floods often show up on local used car lots. You should
learn the warning signs of flood-damaged vehicles before purchasing a
2. Ask the dealer if the vehicle has been flood-damaged. Get the answer in writing with the bill of sale.
3. Take the vehicle to a trusted mechanic to be checked for any signs of flood damage.
4. Ask to see the title. If it is not stamped "Salvage" or "Flood," ask for the car's history to see if it came from a state that recently experienced flooding.
5. Look for dried mud or rust in the glove compartment, trunk, under the dashboard, seats and carpet.
6. Check the instrument panel to see that all gauges are working properly.
7. Find out if the car was flood damaged by salt or fresh water. Salt water is more corrosive and can cause more serious damage.
8. Look for discolored, faded or stained upholstery or carpeting. If the carpeting fits loosely or the color does not match the interior, it may have been replaced because the vehicle was flood damaged.
9. Check on the outside of the engine, inside garnish moldings and "kick plates," inside rear compartment for a distinguishing water line to see how deep the car was submerged.
Spending a little extra time to thoroughly check out a used car before
you buy it can save you a great deal of money in the long run.
Unlike hurricanes or earthquakes, floods are a potential threat to nearly every community. If your car was damaged in a flood, would it be a total loss? Read below to find out what can you do to prevent further damage and protect your investment. Or, learn how to look for flood damage if you're buying a used car.
Check your oil indicator. A reading of an oil level that's too high may
tell you there's water in the engine. Do not start or run your car; it
could cause severe damage.
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