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How to Spot Flood-Damaged Vehicles
Sometimes vehicles that have suffered significant water-damage are offered for sale at automobile auctions. These may include vehicles that have been damaged in natural disasters, hurricanes, floods, etc. In any case, potential buyers should be aware that vehicles that have suffered significant water-damage, should be aware of this fact, as well as the possibility that such a vehicle could well experience significant mechanical and reliability problems.
So how do you know if a vehicle offered to you has been flood-damaged?
Don't Assume Your Safe Because of Your Geographic Location
The first thing to remember is that where you live, and the location of the auction, is no guarantee that a vehicle hasn't suffered water-damage. This is because it is not uncommon for used vehicles to be shipped hundreds or even thousands of miles, before being offered for sale.
In other words, you always need to be alert to the possibility of being offered a flood-damaged vehicle, even if you live far away from any flood or hurricane zones.
Look at the Vehicle's History & Documents
You should also try and find out as much as you can about any vehicle that you are seriously considering purchasing. Sometimes, research of this type can be very revealing:
Inspect the Vehicle
A detailed mechanical inspection of a vehicle, should reveal any history of sustaining major damage in the past, including flood-damage or water-damage. It is therefore a good idea to learn how to properly inspect vehicles† yourself, or pay a mechanic to do any necessary inspections for you.
Some possible signs of flood-damage or water-damage that you should be on the look out for include:
Hopefully the above tips have alerted you to the possibility of being sold a water-damaged vehicle by an unscrupulous seller. So, take precautions, and consider each vehicle purchase carefully, and that way you should be able to avoid being sold one!
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