With all the floods that have hit around the country lately it won’t be long before flood damaged cars will hit the market. Should you consider buying a flood damaged car if you can get a great deal? Our advice is to stay clear of cars that have been damaged in a flood. Here are some reasons why from our friends at Carfax
Flooding can seriously damage a car. Electrical and computer systems are particularly vulnerable, and this can affect the lights, windshield wipers and locks. It can also cause airbags and anti-lock braking systems to malfunction.
This can lead to serious safety issues, particularly if you are involved in a crash.
If you unwittingly buy a car which has been previously flooded you may lose out financially too, owing to large, unexpected repair bills and a low resale value.
So not only do you risk of buying a car with electrical and computer problems which can be hard to diagnosis and fix, you also put yourself and others at risk from safety issues that will only be revealed in a crash.
Tell-tale Signs of Flooding
- A musty odor in the interior, which can sometimes be covered with a strong air-freshener
- Upholstery or carpeting which doesn’t match, is loose, new or stained
- Damp carpets
- Rust around doors, inside the hood and trunk latches, pedals or under the dashboard
- Mud or silt in the glove compartment or under seats
- Brittle wires under the dashboard
- Fog or moisture beads in the interior or exterior lights or instrument panel
The North Carolina Attorney Genrals office states that a flood damaged car must be disclosed in writing before the car is sold. The punishment for selling a car without this disclosure is a class 2 misdemeanor with a $5000.00 fine per violation.Here is some additional information to look out for from the North Carolina’s Attorney General’s Office regarding flood damaged cars.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, it’s illegal for a car to be sold without the seller disclosing it’s been damaged due to flood water. The office also released the following tips for consumers.
- Ask to see the title of any used car. Check the date and place of transfer to see if the vehicle comes from a state that recently experienced flooding. Keep in mind that the title will only indicate flood damage if the insurance company officially totaled the car. Also, consider checking a vehicle’s history with a service such as CARFAX.
- Ask the seller directly whether or not the car has been damaged in any way, including by water or storms.
- Have the car examined by an independent mechanic of your choice before you buy it.
You can read the full report from Fox News
Never would we sale or advise anyone to buy a car that has been in a flood damage or has had flood damage. At Vestal Buick GMC we do a thorough inspection of every car. We want our cars to be safe and in top running condition before we offer them for sale to the public. We offer a nice selection of used and new cars at Vestal Buick GMC. You can check the Carfax on each vehicle to make sure that you are getting the best car for your money. Come by and see us and check out our New or Used Car Selection. We think you will be glad you did.