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
- 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
- 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.