Spotting Flooded Vehicles: The Ultimate Safety Precaution

You’ve seen the pictures of all of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy, but these results affect us more than you might think. We may not have gotten any serious damage, but we’re facing risks from our vehicles.
Because of the flooding in the northern states, there were a lot of vehicles that suffered severe water damage. Because of all of the water, the auto market will once again be “flooded” with flooded vehicles. With these cars on the market, you want to protect yourself from purchasing a vehicle with flood damage.

Our Greensboro personal injury attorneys understand that flooded vehicles might not always be so easy to spot. It’s important that you take the time to inspect any vehicle you’re thinking about purchasing for this kind of damage. There are a number of safety precautions you can take to avoid being duped by anyone selling a flooded vehicle.

One of the most common things that happens to a flooded vehicle is that it’s repossessed by an insurance company. Many times, according to AOL, these vehicles are given a “branded” title, like a Rebuild Wreck, a Salvage or a Flood Victim title, and are sent off to the auction. Most of the buyers at these auctions are affiliated with legitimate businesses, car dealerships and body shops. And that’s where the problem comes in. Oftentimes, these vehicles wind up back on the market and into consumers’ hands.

This is when these vehicles wind up on car lots, on the Internet and even back in car dealerships. They’re looking to find themselves a naive owner — or someone who doesn’t know how to spot water damage or flooding evidence. For this reason, it’s important that you look into each and every vehicle you’re thinking about buying. Take all of the proper safety precautions to protect yourself.

How to spot a flooded vehicle:

-Conduct a pre-purchase inspection and title search on any and all pre-owned cars you may purchase.

-Keep an eye out for any kind of water lines in the engine, the doorjambs or the trunk.

-Peek at the electrical connections for any kind of excessive corrosion. This is usually a crusty, green substance.

-Be suspicious if the vehicle smells damp or has any signs of mildew.

-Be cautious whenever purchasing a car from a vehicle auction.

-Beware of the “too-good-to-be-true” deals. They usually are just that — too good to be true!

-Check out the seat mounting bolts for and kind of rust. Look at the floorboards, too.

-Take a look at the VIN number and look for any signs that the information affiliated with the number does not match the title. Any kind of differences could be a clear indication that the vehicle was given a new VIN number.

-Take your vehicle to a certified mechanic and have them look over it, too. They may be able to spot things you’re bound to overlook.

If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an attorney today.

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