You have to be careful when you are buying a used car to make sure it does not have flood water damage. Some people selling cars damaged in floods will take great strides to attempt to hide the damage, but there are signs you can look for. This article will guide you on how to avoid buying a car with flood water damage.
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To follow the guidelines listed in this article on how to avoid buying a car with flood water damage.
The first step to avoid buying a car with flood water damage is to open the hood of the car and look for excessive rusting in and around the engine area. Next, inspect the lines and cables under the hood, if the metal components on them are rusted this is a sign that the car has been in a flood.
The second step to avoid buying a car with flood water damage is to go into the interior of the car and look for dirt in small areas. Many times people selling cars with flood water damage will take great strides to try and make the interior look spotless thinking the buyer of the car will never notice the small areas that have dirt in them. There are always narrow spaces that it is very difficult to get dirt out of however, look for these small crevices and if they all have dirt in them and the rest of the car is spotless this is a sign of flood water damage.
The third step to avoid buying a car with flood water damage is to order a vehicle history report on the car. You will need the VIN(vehicle identification number) to get the report, and you can find the VIN printed on the lower part of the windshield. Once you have the VIN perform an internet search for "get vehicle history report" and this will bring up companies who will do this for you.
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