Make sure new vehicle is not flood damaged


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Purchasing a used vehicle and later learning it has been flood damaged can be very problematic and lead to costly issues down the road. Worst yet, these vehicles can be unhealthy to occupy because of mold and bacteria growing in the carpet and ventilation system. It is important for those considering the purchase of a used vehicle to check for signs of water intrusion or contamination.

Take the sniff test. Close all the windows and doors and let the car sit. Then crack open a door and sniff. Mildew and mold have very distinctive smells and it doesn’t take long for that smell to present itself.

Try the touch test. Get some paper towels and press them against the low spots in the carpet. The paper towels will draw the moisture out and reveal if the carpet is wet under the surface. If the paper towel becomes wet it could mean water has gotten into the car.

Investigate the interior. Look under the seats and dash for corrosion and rust. Exposed metal that is untreated and rusted as well as mud and debris in places it does not belong, are signs of water infiltration.

Inspect the instrument panel. Turn on the key and perform a bulb test. Make sure every bulb lights up and has no active faults.

Take it to a professional. A professional technician can raise the car and look underneath to see if there is any mud, sticks or rocks in the suspension as well as check the oil in the differentials to make sure they contain no water.

Taking these steps can help you identify any issues and give you piece of mind. To learn more, visit www.carcare.org.

Rich White

Executive Director

Car Care Council




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