Water damaged cars are the ones that have undergone a flood and can be really risky on the road. It’s not a surprise that some dealers try to restore such cars to be able to sell them as almost new. Flood damage does not necessarily make all the vehicles dangerous to buy or to drive. The reason is that there might be different levels of water damage. Some types of water damage might not cause as many problems as the other ones. Anyway, it is vital to know how to spot water damaged cars. Following are some hints for you to do so:
Dealer reputation is a must when it comes to shopping for a vehicle. Usually, reputable dealers won’t risk their name for a few thousands of extra bucks. However, it’s a good idea to ask the dealer whether the vehicle has been flood-damaged or not. If they say “No” but refuse to put this answer in writing, then do not trust them.
Damaged electric cables
Beware if there are broken electric cables in the vehicle or some of the lights do not work. If so, then the car’s electric system might have suffered due to a flood.
Moisture and again moisture
Some areas in a car are really hard to dry thoroughly. You can check under the foot carpets. Also, make sure the vehicle overall does not have an odd damp smell.
Rust and Corrosion
Often water damaged cars got rust and corrosion in different parts. To make sure everything is OK with the car, look under the bonnet. There must be no signs of water there. Also, pay attention to the lower parts of the doors, under the dashboard area, below seats. Rust can be a vital indicator of flood damage for a vehicle.
Shady car titles
When you run a vehicle identification check either via CarFax or AutoCheck, you will know the car’s title. However, some dealers might get cars from other states to be able to sell them without disclosing the title. But you can also learn more about the vehicle’s past life by checking its VIN number with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
What to do if you have already purchased a water damaged car?
If so, then you might want to consult with a dealer fraud lawyer. If you think the dealer has cheated you by selling a flooded car, then turn to a lawyer. A dealer fraud lawyer might be able to get you compensated. To help your lawyer with the claim, make sure you have preserved all the purchase-related documents and the repair receipts.