Restoration Local Warns Consumers of Flood Damaged Vehicles Appearing on Used Car Market

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, flood damaged cars could begin appearing on used car lots across the country. A water damage restoration provider offers tips on what to look for to protect your investment.

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Consumers are encouraged to be diligent in their inspection of any used car that is being considered for purchase

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the United States, is warning consumers of a nefarious new flood related threat, namely the proliferation of flood damaged vehicles that are likely to begin showing up on used car lots across the nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Consumers are encouraged to be diligent in their inspection of any used car that is being considered for purchase. According to, there is a strong likelihood of some of these cars from the storm ravaged northeast finding their way onto car lots throughout the South and Midwest. The dangers of these cars are often not readily apparent, with mold and rust being two major issues, as well as problems with corroded electrical systems, damaged computer sensors, and air bags that are likely to fail in the event of a crash. While many state laws require that problems such as flood damage be recorded on the vehicle’s title, however unscrupulous dealers will not hesitate to place these cars on the market for considerably more than their salvage title status would warrant. Unwary buyers end up paying the final price when problems arise and repair costs become increasingly higher.

There are no sure methods to test for vehicle flood damage, but buyers are encouraged to thoroughly inspect any potential used car purchase. Carfax recommends application of the following inspection tips to any potential car purchase:

  • Examine the interior and engine compartment for evidence of water accumulation or visible waterlines as a result of a complete or partial submersion.
  • Look for recently shampooed carpet, as well as water residue under the floorboard or stain marks from evaporated water not related to AC pan leaks.
  • Check for signs of rust on the inside of the car, under the interior carpeting, and look for faded upholstery or door panels which are clear indicators of water damage.
  • Look under the dashboard for signs of dried mud or residue, and make note of any moldy or musty odors in the car’s interior or trunk.
  • Look for rust on screws in the console or any other area where water would not be able to reach unless the car was submerged.
  • Inspect the wiring system and look for rusted components, water residue, or corrosion.
  • Look over the undercarriage for any signs of rust or flaking metal that would not normally be associated with late model vehicles.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is a good way for consumers to be able to determine if their car was damaged by recent flood conditions.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of flood and water damage restoration in the country, with service in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.

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