We frequently get calls from used car buyers who think they may have purchased a flood car. While it is true that cars submersed by waters from Hurricane Katrina and other storms could end up on an auction block and sold to your local dealership, The National Auto Dealers’ Association has come up with a few ways to spot flood damage
· Examine the interior and the engine compartment for evidence of water and grit from suspected submersion.
· Check for a recently shampooed carpet.
· Look under the floorboard carpet for water residue or stain marksfrom evaporated water not related to air-conditioning pan leaks. WOULD A DEALER ALLOW YOU TO INSPECT THIS PRIOR TO SALE?
· Inspect for rusting on the inside of the car and under interiorcarpeting and visually inspect all interior upholstery and door panels for any evidence of fading. IF THE CAR IS RUSTING, HAS IT DEFINITELY BEEN IN A FLOOD?
· Check under the dashboard for dried mud and residue, and note any evidence of mold or musty odor in the upholstery, carpet or trunk.
· Check for rust on screws in the console or other areas where the water would normally not reach unless submerged.
· Look for mud or grit in alternator crevices, behind wiringharnesses and around the small recesses of starter motors, power steering pumps and relays.
· Complete a detailed inspection of the electrical wiring systemlooking for rusted components, water residue or suspicious corrosion.
· Inspect the undercarriage of other components for evidence of rust and flaking metal that would not normally be associated with late model cars and trucks.
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