11 Tips To Help You Spot And Avoid A Flood Damaged Automobile


– [Narrator] Flood damaged
cars can have serious engine, mechanical, and body issues. Electronics, which are
everywhere on modern cars, are particularly vulnerable
and even if a car looks or performs well now,
that might not be the case in a year or two when corrosion sets in. Unfortunately, flood damaged vehicles do show up in the used car market. As with any used car, a
pre-purchase inspection from a trusted mechanic
is highly recommended. But before taking it to a mechanic, save yourself time, money,
and potential heartache by using these 11 tips to help you spot and avoid a flood damaged automobile. Out of state cars are often transported away from flood zones to areas where there is less
awareness of the issue. Pretty sneaky. Visit Carfax for a free flood damage check based on the previous
state of registration. Check the vehicle’s history with the National Motor Vehicle
Title Information System or the National Insurance Crime
Bureau’s VIN check service. A clean background isn’t proof a car hasn’t been flooded,
but a bad background means you should just walk away. If you suspect water damage,
start with a sniff test. Does it smell like must, mold, mildew? What about heavy deodorant
trying to cover up one of those smells? All are red flags. Check the carpets, upholstery,
and spare tire well. Are they musty, stained, or show signs that they’ve been mud-caked? Or, do they look like
brand new replacements? Since seats are often removed when drying out a water damaged car, they can reveal a lot. Look for seat bolts that show
damage from being wrenched and for rusty springs. Water damage is often
revealed by lifting the hood. Murky crankcase oil,
stained paper air filters, or a water line on the
firewall or inner fenders are all possible signs. Headlights and taillights next. Is there evidence of a
past waterline inside? Are they foggy? Water inside a head or taillight isn’t necessarily a
sign of flooding though, sometimes they leak or
get condensation inside. Examine corners under
the hood, the dashboard, and the trunk, or inside body panels. Run your finger over hard to reach, and therefore hard to clean places. Any evidence of mud or silt? Rusty screw heads and
bolts under the dashboard or in other hidden places
could be signs of damage. Check out the undercarriage. Have the rubber drain plugs on the underside of the car been removed? Finally, take it out for a test drive to see how it runs. Remember to check all the electronics for signs of damage. With a little preparation,
you can avoid water damage and make the right decision. Check out autoblog.com for more. (upbeat music)

4 Comments

  1. Ivan Vojt October 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    It's https://www.vehiclehistory.gov/ not .org

  2. Tradie Trev October 4, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    But I like blinker fluid!

  3. Hijak Station October 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Half of THIS îs bullshit

  4. NoExperienceCar Guys February 14, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Rusted muffler bearing – bad.

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