Restoration Local Offers Tips for Avoiding the Purchase of Water Damaged Automobiles

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Water damage provider warns against the influx of salvage title vehicles as the result of severe weather.

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Since 2005, it is estimated that more than a million vehicles have been damaged as a result of hurricanes and other storm related damage.

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the United States, is advising consumers to beware of flood damaged automobiles that may be showing up on used car lots across the south and Midwest following last year’s record flooding.

Thousands of cars and trucks were damaged by water as a result of severe weather events in 2011, and now, months later, many of these vehicles have been repaired and are beginning to filter back into the used car market. The problem is that many potential buyers may not be aware of the vehicles’ histories.

Many state laws allow vehicles to be sold with salvage titles, just as long as that info is disclosed to potential buyers. Some car lots, however, are not abiding by this law, which puts consumers at risk.

To avoid the risk of purchasing a car or truck with water damage, Restoration Local offers the following tips:

Check the glove box, below the seats, the dashboard, and trunk for signs of water damage, such as water stains, silt, or rust. Water stains are usually very well defined.

Upholstery and carpeting that looks newer than other elements may be a sign that they have been replaced. Discolored or faded interior material may also be a sign of previous water damage.

Turn the ignition key and make sure all lights and gauges come to life and are functioning properly. The airbag and ABS lights should also be functional. Make sure all electronic components work properly.

Check any wiring you can access and see how well it flexes. Water damaged wiring may become brittle after it has dried and as a result be prone to crack. Conduct a sniff test and see if there are any musty odors that may be the result of mildew.

As with any automotive purchase, take the car to a trusted mechanic and have it checked out thoroughly. Mechanics will know how to instantly recognize if there is a problem with the car due to water damage.

Ask to see a Carfax vehicle history report, as these usually provide a very accurate record of the vehicle’s repair history.

Since 2005, it is estimated that more than a million vehicles have been damaged as a result of hurricanes and other storm related damage, and many of these vehicles are continuing to find their way onto lots across the south and Midwest.

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

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