With all of the rain and flooding we’ve had so far this Spring here is Texas, many have ended up with flooded cars and trucks. Many of these cars will be totaled and many will end up re-sold with the flood damage undisclosed. It never fails and these cars will up in other parts of Texas and the United States.
Here are ten tips to help you avoid buying one of these cars down the road. Previously flooded cars can show up at any time, and at any place.
1. Check for a moldy smell inside the car and feel the carpet for dampness
2. Ask questions about an older car with a brand new interior or carpeting
3. Check for rust under the brake or gas pedals
4. Look for dirt or rust under the dashboard and floor mats
5. Inspect the bolts and screws under the seats for evidence of rust
6. Check the undercarriage for excessive rust
7. Check inside the trunk under the carpet in the spare tire well area for rust, dirt or sand
8. Look for corrosion, water marks, or a thin brown line on the exterior of the vehicle
9. Check to see if the electrical system works
10. Check the VIN number with AutoCheck or Carfax to see whether a flood claim has been filed or a salvage title has been issued on the vehicle.