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Flood-Damaged Cars Are Bad News, Here’s Why

How to Identify a Flood-Damaged Car

There are few natural disasters that are as completely devastating as a flood. It is not uncommon for less-than-honest people to try to sell flood-damaged vehicles without letting buyers know that’s what they’re getting. Obviously, Davey Auto Sales would never have one of these on our lot. But, if you’re looking through private sales, our team put together a few ways you can identify a flood-damaged car and avoid it at all costs. Let’s take a closer look at what our team came up with.

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Rust Damage

When it comes to rust damage, there is really no good kind. But, at some point, rust will become a problem for vehicles that drive through winter environments on roads that are treated with salt. You’ll be able to get a clue that a vehicle has been through a flood if it has more rust damage for its age than would be normal. Also, rust from flood-damaged vehicles will show up in strange places, like:

  • Around the doors
  • On the foot pedals
  • Inside the hood and trunk

Musty Odors

Musty smells are the hardest thing to get rid of following flood damage. This is true in homes, and it’s especially true in cars. Water is tough to remove from seat cushions, so if you suspect flood damage, give them a quick sniff. Also, mould and mildew can quickly form in the vents of the HVAC system. Be sure to turn the fan on during your test drive to make sure there isn’t anything growing in there. 

Check Electrical Systems

You don’t need to be an electrician to know something is wrong in a flood-damaged car, truck, or SUV. Water damage causes incredible issues with electronics. Lights will turn on and off randomly, buttons won’t work, or screens will display things oddly. 

Make an appointment with a Davey Auto Sales product expert today if you want to take a look at our lineup of clean and reliable stock of pre-owned vehicles.

Sep 20th, 2023