The New York Times is reporting that consumers need to beware that flood vehicles will be dumped on the market due to the Hurricanes in Florida and Texas. The article provides the following guidance on how to avoid purchasing a flood vehicle:
Consumer Reports has suggested tips for identifying cars that may have spent time underwater. A buyer or mechanic should look for these telltale signs:
■ Caked-on mud and a musty odor from the carpets. New carpets in an older vehicle may be another red flag.
■ A visible water line on the lens or reflector of the headlights.
■ Mud or debris trapped in difficult-to-clean places, such as gaps between panels in the trunk and under the hood.
■ Rusty exposed screws under the dashboard. Unpainted metal in flood cars will show signs of rust.
■ Rubber drain plugs under the car and on the bottom of doors that have been removed. That may have been done to drain floodwater.
The full New York Times article can be viewed here.
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