Beware of Flooded Vehicles

Beware of Flooded Vehicles

As if having your house flood and losing all your belongings isn’t enough, victims of the flooding may have to worry about all the things that could go wrong when needing to replace a vehicle. Wreaking havoc on the used car market, the storms have led to flood-damaged automobiles, possibly for sale.

Consumers in the market for used cars need to be wary about the possibility of flood-damaged vehicles for sale between now and 2022. These flood-damaged automobiles could wind up on the used car market, in auctions and on dealer lots, across the country. Those with a lot of equity still left in their vehicles, in desperation may try to salvage whatever value they have from their vehicle affected by the flooding.

What is important for car shoppers to know is how to spot flood damaged vehicles, whether their area has experienced floods or not. Flooded automobiles could end up on a dealer lot anywhere in the country. That’s where AIM Mobile Inspections comes in. A business with more than 600 full-time inspectors throughout the U.S., AIM provides detailed condition reports for clients, whether its dealers, consumers or auctions or manufacturers. They use a 150-point inspection to catch those flood-damaged vehicles moving through the marketplace.

Many states also issue a flood or salvage title to those vehicles that have been submerged or flood damaged. The information can be found on a vehicle history report, available to consumers. There are, however, some sellers who try to sell their vehicle before a vehicle’s history report. AIM offers the following warning signs to help identify flood damaged vehicles:

            *Musty odor: May indicate a moldy carpet or padding. Pull up the carpeting to determine how far water may have risen and look for any remaining moisture.

            *Mud: Might be found in the seat belt tracks or seat belt tensioners.

            *Water: In the spare tire well (trunk). If you find water, you need to look further.

            *Water or condensation: in the headlights or taillights could also be due to an accident but water in these areas could be a sign of flood-related problems.

            *Sagging headliner: On some late-model vehicles there may be a sagging headliner.

            *Under the seats: Don’t forget to check under the seats, front and back. Some inspectors even find fish!!

            *Corrosion: In the undercarriage, there could be signs of corrosion. Check brake lines or around the fuel tank. When corrosion appears near the top of the springs or shock towers are corroded, these are signs of flood-related damage.

            *Such things as a vehicle’s engine, electronics, fuel system,airbags and brakes are all very susceptible to flood water. If you find any signs of water damage, check the vehicle off your list.

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