There has been some major flooding across the United States of America this past year and because of that you can expect that some used cars are going to be sold on the used car market. You need to be aware of that when looking at purchasing a used vehicle.

Here’s some tips from CarFax.com:

(NAPSI)—When you’re in the market for a used car, you need to watch out for flood damage. Every year, tens of thousands of cars are damaged by floodwaters and more than half end up back on the road, sometimes thousands of miles from where the damage occurred.

Fortunately, there are telltale signs:

  • Check the trunk, dashboard and glove compartment for silt, mud, rust and other signs of water damage. See if the upholstery and carpeting match the interior and fit properly. Discolored, faded or stained materials might indicate water damage.
  • Test the lights, windshield wipers, signals, power outlet, radio, heater and air conditioner several times.
  • Check the interior of the car for musty odors. Flex some of the wires beneath the dashboard. Wet wires become brittle and may crack.
  • Ask to see a detailed Vehicle History Report. A Carfax Vehicle History Report can reveal any number of hidden problems, including flood damage.

Free Reports

To learn more, go to flood.carfax.com.

Bring the car to us.

If you have looking at purchasing a used car and have questions about, you can always bring it to us and have us do an inspection.

Rick Stroud Auto, Full Service Repair and Maintenance in St Petersburg / Pinellas Park, Florida.