How to Tell if a Car Has Flood Damage

Look for these signs to avoid buying a water-damaged car.How to Tell if a Car Has Flood Damage

If you are buying a car, then you want to make sure that you are purchasing a vehicle without any flood damage.  With all the recent storms and flooding that we have experienced throughout the country, it’s possible that the car you are considering has undisclosed flood damage.  Look for these signs of damage to ensure that you are buying a car that’s in good shape.

  • Study the vehicle thoroughly and note anything that seems off or suspicious. Even if you can’t necessarily see signs of water damage, things like a missing owner’s manual or a strong air freshener smell might indicate a problem with water damage.  Question the seller carefully about these issues, and you may find that they admit to previously undisclosed flood damage.
  • Check carpets for signs of water damage. If the carpets have a musty or sour smell or if they are caked with mud, this could be an indication of flood damage.  Additionally, brand-new carpets in an older vehicle could also be a cause for concern.  Make sure you lift up the carpets and look for any lingering scent or dampness that would indicate flood damage.
  • Inspect the car’s electronics. Electronics will be the first things to be affected by floodwater, so any broken buttons or switches should be a red flag.
  • Look at the metal runners that the seats rest on. Under normal circumstances, you should never find any signs of corrosion or rust.  If you notice either of these issues, it’s a telltale sign that the car has been flooded.
  • Study the car’s head and tail lights. Since these lights are expensive to replace, many sellers won’t bother.  Oftentimes, you can see a visible water line on these lights if you look closely enough, which is an indication of flood damage.
  • Examine the engine compartment. Flood debris (plants, dirt, etc.) and water lines can show up in areas that are more difficult to clean, such as behind the engine.

These are just a few of the signs that could indicate flood damage in a car.  Make sure that any car you buy is free of these issues to ensure that you are making a smart purchase.  Want to make another smart decision?  Make sure you have the right insurance protections to keep you and your property safe.  To find the right policy to fit your needs, contact the team at Miller Insurance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Our team is ready to get you covered today.