You have seen news reports of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Jose. In those videos you often see pictures of submerged cars. Some of those cars will wind up on used car lots near you. Flood-damaged cars can appear pristine on the outside, but damage to the engine, electronics or other components can remain hidden for a time. Water can even pose a health threat if mold starts growing in the interior. Here are some helpful hints to avoid becoming another hurricane victim:
- Check the vehicle history. Carfax is currently offering free information on flooded cars.
- Ask a mechanic to go over the vehicle and ask him to specifically look for flood damage.
- Look in out-of-the-way places where water might have left mud, sand or other evidence.
- Check for musty smells. Sellers may try to cover odors with strong scents, but may not think to treat trunks or glove compartments.
- Make sure all the electronics work. Try locks, windows, mirrors, sound system, AC and heater, lights and monitors.
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