Beware of Flood Damaged Vehicles
You have probably seen submerged cars on television and wondered what happened to them after the flood. In fact, most of these cars end up on street corners and used car lots with For Sale signs on them. However, flood damaged vehicles should be considered total losses and should never be driven again. For some dishonest car dealers, these cars are another good opportunity to make a profit at your expense.
According to some sources such as CARFAX (Virginia firm that does background checks on used vehicles), an estimated 75,000 vehicles were ruined by floods and declared totaled by insurance companies after Hurricane Floyd struck Florida in 1999. Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans is said to have flooded up to a half million cars. People living in this state expect to see flood damaged vehicles for sale so the cars are shipped to other areas where consumers are less likely to suspect that the car they are buying was submerged in water.
Knowing that these flood cars are out there is one thing but how can you tell which ones they are after they’ve been spiffed up and detailed? Luckily there are some things to look for when buying a used car that can identify which ones were underwater.