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How to Avoid Flood and Water Damaged Cars for Sale

Milad Hassibi July 24, 2018


In recent years, we’ve seen a numerous amount of large storms hit many regions in the United States. If you are looking at a car for sale, it’s important to be sure that it was not one of the millions of cars damaged by recent hurricanes and storms.

If you want to spot a flood-damaged car, follow these tips:

The Search

So how do you spot a car that was damaged in a flood or storm? There are a few signs and smells A car is sitting in flood watersyou can look out for when buying a used car. This is especially true of cars that are from the southern areas of the United States.

  • Get the cars vehicle history report from a provider such as CarFax or AutoCheck
  • When inspecting the car, look for signs of water damage or sitting water. You may have to look underneath the carpet or in odd spots. If the flood was large enough, there could be a water line inside the car as well.
  • One tall tale sign of a flood-damaged car is an overall musty and strong odor. This odor is the result of water sitting inside the car and being absorbed by the interior fabrics.
  • Check and play with all of the cars electrical features and symptoms. Water damage tend to have the largest effect on electrical components first, so be sure that all of the switches work properly,
  • Look at the undercarriage of the car and see if you can spot any excessive corrosion. When flooding happens, especially in dry areas, cars may begin to rust. Check the underside of the car for any severe rust
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If the car gives off a sign that it may be flood damaged, the car should be fully inspected by a local mechanic. Be sure to also check and see if the trucks upholstery matches and that the carpet is the same shade as the original carpet that would have come in the car.

Final Note

Buying a car with flood damage can bring massive headaches down the road. From electrical problems to odd odors, there’s no saying when a flood-damaged car can come back to haunt you. If you are looking to buy a new car but are in need of financing, CrediReady can help. Our nationwide network of trusted dealers and verified lenders work with buyers in all credit situations. Take a moment to fill out our free no-obligation loan inquiry form and start shopping for your dream car today!



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