America has suffered from severe floods in the past not so far away. Water reached levels so high that it could damage houses and cars. Those cars which were hit by flooding are forbidden to sale in most cases. Nevertheless, some of them are somehow directed to used car lots. As you can guess not all of the dealers are decent. Some try to conceal the fact that car has been flooded. Such autos can have fatal results. Here is how to spot a juicy lemon.
First of all, you can enquire about car history by contacting National Insurance Crime Bureau. What you need to know is VIN or vehicle identification number. You can find it at the bottom of the windshield at the driver’s side. National Insurance Crime Bureau has a database which contains information about autos being severely damaged.
Another way to find out whether you would be auto has been in water is to smell it. In fact, such vehicles have an unpleasant moldy smell. Another signal is mildew formation. If you have no certainty in what smell you feel, you can close all the windows and doors and take a deep sniff. Some dealers use a lot of air freshener to kill the smell. It can be a sign of a flooded car as well.
To identify car damaged by water you can use your touch skills. Try to sense moisture. In fact, water can penetrate in most unexpected areas. A dealer may not know about it. So check thoroughly carpet and pat. You may not necessarily find water. Its effect can be seen as rust, for instance. Water can also be found in the material under a spare tire. Most spread consequences of water penetration are rust and corrosion which damage an auto slowly. They can often be found on screws, under the dashboard, and on door hinges. Check out the area where doors meet car body. Look under the seats. Using a mirror will be of help. You should also check the upholstery which is often recovered in such cars.
You can understand that you are being lied to about car origins if you check the colour of the oil. Oil affected by water has a strange coffee with milk colour or it can be pale. Looking under the hood be sure to take a look at the paper air filter. You can find water stains there as well.
On the whole, it is not that easy to identify a flooded car. You need to be well familiar with vehicles and stay on alert all the time. Try to use all your skills to spot and sense presence of water. Even though it can be found anywhere be sure to check foggers, taillights and headlights as well. These are the areas where the water stays no matter how hard one tries to hide it.