Tips to avoid buying a flood damaged vehicle

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Tips to avoid buying a flood damaged vehicle (KTRK)

Here are a few things to look for if you want to avoid buying a vehicle damaged by flood water.

Telltale Signs of Flooding
  • A musty odor in the interior, which can sometimes be covered with a strong air freshener
  • Upholstery of carpeting which is loose, new, stained, or does not match
  • Damp carpets
  • Rust around doors, under the dashboard, on the pedals, or inside the hood and trunk latches
  • Mud or silt in the glove compartment or under the seats
  • Brittle wires under the dashboard
  • Fog or moisture beads in the interior lights, exterior lights, or instrument panel

Flood Damage Checklist
  1. Turn on the ignition and check all instrument panel lights illuminate
  2. Test the interior and exterior lights, air conditioning, windshield wipers
  3. View a vehicle history report to check for reported flood damage or signs of salvage title fraud
  4. Get the car checked thoroughly by a trusted mechanic


Buyer Beware: Tips to prevent you from buying a flooded vehicle
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