Avoid Buying A Flooded Car - My9 New Jersey

Avoid Buying A Flooded Car

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Here are some tips to help you spot potential flood damage on a used car:

  • Check the trunk, glove compartment, the dashboard and below the seats for signs of water damage such as silt, mud or rust.
  • Examine upholstery and carpeting closely; if it doesn't match the interior or fits loosely, it may have been replaced. Discolored, faded or stained materials could indicate water damage.
  • Turn the ignition key and make sure that accessory and warning lights and gauges come on and work properly. Make sure the airbag and ABS lights come on.
  • Test lights (interior and exterior), windshield wipers, turn signals, cigarette lighter, radio, heater and air conditioner several times to make sure they work.
  • Flex some of the wires beneath the dashboard. Wet wires will become brittle upon drying and may crack.
  • Smell for musty odors from mildew or heavy perfumes/deodorizers.
  • Go to a trusted mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection. Always get vehicles checked BEFORE handing over any money.
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