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How Not To Buy Water Damaged Used Cars

Aug 7, 2008
How many pretty new vehicles that were in great shape inside and out that were flooded have been repaired and put on the market to sell in used car lots or by the individuals that owned them? The numbers could well be many more than you would think. So how would you know that a used car you are considering buying could have been damaged by a flood?

There are some tell tale signs that you might be able to notice such as looking closely underneath the dash board for evidence of mud that was missed during clean up. Look closely around doors and the under carriage for signs of corrosion or rust. Be wary if the price seems just a little too good to be true. Many times used cars can be made to sound great when they are started, but that great sounding engine could only last a short time.

Vehicles that have been flooded can be dangerous to drive and can even be hazardous to your health if they have been heavily contaminated by bacteria and mold. You might very well be able to notice a musty or damp smell in a car that has been flooded by water. If you notice that smell, the seller might say it is because the carpets and upholstery were recently cleaned and this might be the truth. This could be one of those warning signs.

If you have any indication that a vehicle you are looking to purchase might have been flooded, electrical disorders it could have might not be something that is easily identified. You should have the electrical system checked out by an unbiased mechanic before you finalize the deal just to be on the safe side. You should usually always have any car checked out by an unbiased mechanic anyway even if you do not suspect water damage.

Do not expect that a car dealer or an individual will be honest with you about a car that has been flooded. This is not to say that some dealers and individuals would blatantly lie to you, it is just that it can be so easy for them to avoid giving you more information than you ask for. For some people making the all mighty dollar is their bottom line even if you end up being stuck with a vehicle that might only get you a few miles down the road. Do not let yourself be taken advantage of just because you were too trusting.
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