In September, 2018, Hurricane Florence dumped immense amounts of rain over the east coast doing about $22 billion in property damage while flooding homes, businesses, and of course, automobiles of all kinds.
You definitely do not want to buy a vehicle that has been in flood waters, sometimes for days at a time!
Sitting under water causes damage to paint, interiors, electronics, wiring and safety systems like airbags and anti-lock brakes. Once the water recedes, the process of corrosion begins. Flood waters rot vehicles from the inside out.
Unfortunately, many of these vehicles will make it back into the used car market. According to a recent report by Carfax, American drivers may already be behind the wheels of over 300,000 flooded vehicles right now. It will only get worse once the vehicles flooded by Hurricane Florence find their way into the many used car lots and individual sellers.
Accurate Automotive can help.
The easiest way to avoid being burned by buying a flood damaged car is to get a pre-purchase inspection BEFORE you buy. For about $50, you can get a thorough check of the vehicle you are considering purchasing. The technician will know where to look for evidence of flood damage, as well as any other issues that may be hiding.
To get a damaged car looking new, an unscrupulous reseller might need to do as little as hosing off the mud, steam cleaning the engine, shampooing the upholstery and carpets, and putting a coat of wax on the paint. All too easy to do and there are plenty of people who care only about their pocketbooks, not the damage they inflict on others.
Using states with loose regulations, these resellers can then “launder” the titles of flood damaged vehicles that have been classified as salvage. Consumers will then have no idea that these vehicles will cause countless headaches and expensive repairs down the road.
Avoiding the purchase of a water-damaged is extremely important as most of the harm can’t be seen, and may not be noticeable until long after you purchase it. That’s why it is so important to have one of our professional technicians inspect the vehicle before you buy it.
Remember, before you buy a used car from any source, no matter how much you may trust them, be sure to have Accurate Automotive Attention inspect it. The peace of mind and incredible headaches you may avoid will be well worth the low cost and time.