Signs that vehicles have been damaged in floods include: water marks or lines on exterior surfaces, such as the doors and wheel wells, water marks on interior surfaces and the glove compartment and rusting or corroding parts. Checking for water damage before buying a car is essential, say experts at DMV.org as owners can dry out and clean cars to make them appear dry despite having heavy water damage. Furthermore, damage from floods can take several years to fully manifest, which leaves unsuspecting owners with the burden of repairs.
For car problems facing shoppers, purchasing water-damaged cars is one of the largest problems, say authors at the DMV. In addition to cleaning and drying the interior, car sellers can assign new license plates, which gives consumers a false sense of security.
Before buying a car, the DMV urges people to perform a background check on the vehicle. This involves running a vehicle history report on the car, using the vehicle identification number as a reference. Prospective owners can perform a visual check of outside and interior surfaces to look for mud and silt. The engine, trunk and headlights should also be free of water lines, dirt and silt. Those new to car shopping can also hire a third-party mechanic to perform inspections. Lastly, shoppers should be wary of sellers who hesitate to show certain parts of the car, such as engine and trunk.