Flooded/Water Damage Used Cars

May 20th, 2020 by

Used car shopping is both risky and economical for many drivers out there. On the one hand, there’s always the potential for a used car purchase to go sideways if you wind up with a lemon or defective vehicle. On the other, many dealerships make used car shopping as easy and safe as buying a new car and it can save you a lot of money over time. Many North Charlotte Toyota drivers are thoroughly committed to driving used for the economic benefit and easiness of transaction, but, like we said, there’s always the chance you’ll wind up with a bad car.

In one particular case would be used car buyers could wind up purchasing a flooded or water damaged used car. While many drivers encounter things like faulty engineering, bad smells, and the like, purchasing flooded cars happens more often than you might think. To help protect you during your vehicle purchase, Toyota of N Charlotte is here to explain what vehicle flooding is and how to look out for it.

Flood damaged Charlotte used car tips

What Does it Mean When a Used Car is “Flooded?”

N Charlotte used cars can undergo many types of damage before they wind up in your driveway. While much of the damage is cosmetic to varying degrees, there are a few vehicles out there that have been really been put through the ringer. Flooded cars are perhaps some of the most damaged out there and it’s hard for vehicle buyers to spot them if they don’t know what to look for. A flood vehicle is one that’s been, well, been through a situation in which water has entered the engine compartment, exhaust system, and potentially the interior of the car. During flash floods, sea level rising, and natural disasters like hurricanes, vehicles can often be quickly submerged.

When water enters your engine block and exhaust system, it can cause permanent damage to crucial components like the transmission, ignition, hoses, and more. Essentially, when a car becomes flooded it can’t be started and driven and must undergo extensive repairs to become operable again. Typically these types of vehicles are deemed “salvaged” or “flooded” on their N Charlotte car titles, but some states don’t legally require the most clear distinction during the sales process. To prevent you from sinking your hard earned money on a flooded used car here are a few things to look out for, courtesy of Toyota of N Charlotte.

How to Spot Flood Damage

Spotting flood damage can become challenging for drivers that are unaware of the signs. You can often rely on vehicle history reporting, like CARFAX, to disclose things like flood damage but these services can’t determine for certain if the vehicle underwent water damage. The most they can report is the potential for damage based on registration area and recent natural disasters. To spot potential flood damage in your future N Charlotte used car you should look for these telltale signs:

  • Check the carpets. Many pre-owned vehicles should still have the original carpet installed. If they carpet looks new, be careful.
  • Visible water lines might appear on the headlight assembly that could suggest flooding.
  • For new carpet to be installed the seats are often removed and put back in. Check the car seat mounting screws to see if they’re new or original.
  • Trunk lids and under the hood are difficult to clean and could be home to mud and other debris that could indicate that your N Charlotte used car is flooded.
  • Any unpainted metal in the interior, specifically under the dashboard, will be rusted if it came in contact with water.

Shopping for a quality used car can be time consuming but you’ll be happy knowing that you saved money and didn’t buy a damaged vehicle. If you’re ready to shop for a quality pre-owned ride, Toyota of North Charlotte has a great selection! Shop our inventory online and visit us at 13429 Statesville Road.

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