Flood Damaged Cars have flooded the used car market. Hurricane Katrina alone produced over 600,000 flood damaged cars. Every new hurricane or flood throws a new portion of flood damaged cars into the market. As a result, many car dealers and individual owners practice title washing and register the car in a different state in order to compensate the loss and sell the flood damaged car as a good one. Over a half of all flood damaged cars are later sold to unsuspecting buyers.
In fact, if you knowingly decided on buying a salvage car, an expert would recommend you to buy any kind of salvage vehicle, but avoid flood damaged cars by all means. Because you can never know what to expect from a water-damaged vehicle in case of an accident or how it will behave on the road.
Literally, flood damage means that a car was sunk in water for hours or even days. It may look fine, clean and shiny but actually be very dangerous because of the following flaws:
The list can be endless.
Inspect the car carefully, pay attention to corners slots, rugs. There shouldn’t be any traces of rust or mud inside. Electric system malfunctioning is another warning sign. If you are not a car expert a wise idea is to run VIN number check and obtain vehicle history report to reveal the truth about a flood damaged car, even if it has a clean title. Vehicle history report is also a good idea because it informs you not only about flood damage but also about other hidden problems of a particular car, for example odometer rollback. Consider vehicle history report seriously before you buy a used vehicle if you want to avoid flood damaged cars. Always do VIN check for Florida cars.