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DON’T BE TAKEN FOR A RIDE: HOW YOU CAN AVOID PURCHASING CLEANED UP WATER-LOGGED VEHICLES

In recent years, the south has been plagued with hurricanes and floods, which means many vehicles were moderately or severely damaged. Now, some vehicles that were not totally submerged in floodwaters have been cleaned and freshened up. These vehicles were then shipped out to the East, North and West.

The people who have these vehicles buy them cheap and clean them up so they can sell them to the gullible public. These flood-damaged vehicles look completely normal; but, after you have purchased one, you’ll begin to notice some serious issues later on.

What Might You See In Flood-Damaged Vehicles

One thing you’ll see some time later is mold. You won’t detect it right away and any odors of mold could be covered up using strong sprays, which could be keeping the problem hidden for several weeks or even months. However, just one warm day closed up in the sun will cause the musty odor to appear. Each day that passes, the smell will get even worse until it becomes completely unbearable.

Of course, the odor is the least of all your problems. A vehicle that’s been submerged in water, no matter how long, has been subjected to grit and water. This grit and water has gotten into the vehicle’s transmission, engine, wheel bearings and other working parts. After you drive the vehicle for several hundred miles, you’ll notice real problems coming from these parts.

The water will also penetrate the vehicle’s electrical system. The wiring can become damaged - causing shorts that may start a fire or seriously damage the computer system. This will lead to extremely high repair bills.

How To Avoid These Vehicles

If you’re going to avoid these vehicles, you need to do a total inspection on them. This means looking for tale-tell water damage signs. If you’re unable to do this yourself, hire yourself a good mechanic to look it over for you. You can also use Carfax and a vehicle inspection service to find out if the vehicle has been subjected to floodwaters, has been in an accident or been serviced for major repairs.

Make sure you check the title for the vehicle’s previous owners. If the vehicle originated from a flood-prone, hurricane prone state, avoid the sale. It may seem like a good deal but you could be in some serious money woes down the road. It’s even possible you won’t be able to salvage the car.

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