The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to used car buyers about the possible re-sale of flooded cars. With a variety of areas in the U.S. susceptible to flooding during severe storms, everyone needs to be aware of the dangers that could potentially occur if you were to buy a used car.
When a vehicle sustains substantial water damage, the insurance company may declare it as a total loss. Once it becomes declared a total loss, it should be sent to the junkyard never to be seen again.
Unfortunately, that is not the case; most of the damaged cars wind up being sold at auction as ’salvage’ vehicles, then wind up on the lot of a sketchy used car dealer or in the classified ads for sale. After a detailed cleaning and new interior, these cars may look just as good as any other car… on the outside.
Nevertheless, buying a car that’s been damaged due to flood waters can have hidden internal problems such as computer glitches, corroded wiring, airbags that no longer inflate and not to mention the possible mold and mildew, plus an abundance of other issues.
The BBB has provided these 10 tips to help you better identify previous water damaged cars vs. the good clean ones:
Before you decide to purchase a used car, you will want to get a pre-purchase inspection by a trusted mechanic. You could save yourself a lot of money in the long run if any major problems are discovered.
For more information, please visit www.bbb.org.
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