People welcome the rain filling up their reservoirs and dams, particularly when there are water restrictions. But, one cannot ignore the damage that these floods and storms can cause.
Flood water is capable of potentially causing severe damage to the cars. And the damage is often very hard to notice when the car has dried. If you are shopping on the market to buy a second-hand car, then you certainly don’t want to be purchasing a water-damaged car.
How to tell if a car has been flooded?
Here are the flood-damaged cars problems, car flood damage symptoms, and signs of flood damage car:
- The airbags get damaged. In some cases, the airbags can open unexpectedly due to the failure of the electrical system.
- The components such as the brakes can get damaged.
- Catalytic converters and starter motors can get damaged.
- Overall damage to electronic and electrical systems
The main mistake often made by people is thinking that the only thing an auto needs when being flooded is good airing and some time for drying off.
When the water damage on the car is not properly evident, you should know what to look for in order to stop you from purchasing a car having potentially fatal faults. Determining to purchase a car is a huge commitment and investment. Therefore, it is perfectly all right with being a bit aggressive while performing the inspection process to stop you from purchasing a headache on the wheels.
How to avoid buying a flood-damaged car?
(1) Check the full history of the vehicle.
Doing a complete history check will provide you access to the car’s history and stop you from picking up a car, which has actually been rejected because of flood damage.
(2) Test all the electronically operated items.
Electrics never lie. If the car had been in the deep flood, then the electric system will reveal signs of suffering.
Check all the electronically operated things, like windows, to ensure they are working as they should. Check all the car lights. If you are able to still notice a visible water line, then it indicates flooding. Here is a handy technique. Switch on the heating system. The trapped water in the ventilation and heating system often causes excess condensation. If the windows begin to steam up, then begin to ask questions.
(3) Check for rust or water under the bonnet.
Pop the hood and verify for corrosion or rust under the bonnet. Don’t be shy. And also, check for the presence of water where there should not be any water. This is also the point where getting a mechanic on support could be very helpful. The mechanic can check the more complicated and crucial parts such as the starter motor.
(4) Check if the rust matchup with the age of the car.
Beware of the rust. Of course, used cars might contain a little bit of rust. However, it must be consistent with the car’s mileage. If the rust is excessive and doesn’t match up with the vehicle’s age, then this is a red flag for flood damage. Verify things such as the unpainted metal, the heads of exposed screws and other potentially rusty small pieces – from the doors to under the boot, to under the dashboard where water would not usually be present.
(5) Check if the screws have been ever removed.
If any parts are missing from their places, then you might want to question why. Check if the seat mounting screws are removed before. They would have removed it when removing the seats in order to dry the carpets. But this is not usual maintenance. Therefore, don’t be fooled. Also, check if the rubber drain plugs below the car have ever been removed or replaced because it is a sign of flood drainage.
(6) Sniff around the car to spot any damp smells.
You would think that the vehicles would have dried out totally from being aired. But, some areas never completely dry off and they are a real pain.
So, these are the areas you should be checking. Sniff, tap, and flip. Like a crime scene investigator, check the carpets and look for evidence. Feel your way all around the car to notice any damp spots and sniff around for musty and damp smells.
Of course, having a real mechanic for checking the car would be helpful. However, if a mechanic is not available or the cost of getting one in is very much to handle, then knowing how to check for flood damage on a car is the best backup plan. If you are able to find too many red flags, then rejecting might just be a safer choice.
If the vehicle has any water damage, then make sure you ask for a proof that the required work on the car has been done. Buying water damaged car that has critical components not being replaced is like purchasing a ticking time bomb of dangerous and even expensive problems.
While not each and every car surfacing from a storm will be water damaged, but you should not take any chances while buying yours. Check if your car insurance does fully cover you effectively meant for those unfortunate incidents.