Restoration Local Offers Tips On Identifying Flood Damaged Cars Following Severe Weather

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This year's record flooding will mean a glut of flood damaged cars and trucks on the market. A water restoration provider explains how to look for flood damage to vehicles.

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There may be as many as 650,000 flood damaged cars on the road today, vehicles that managed to avoid salvage titles or being totaled.

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips for identifying used cars that may have suffered flood damage. Flood events result in flood damaged cars and trucks, many of which may end up on local used car lots.

There may be as many as 650,000 flood damaged cars on the road today, vehicles that somehow managed to avoid salvage titles or being written off following total losses. While any sort of damage must be disclosed to potential buyers, less scrupulous car dealers often misrepresent flood damaged cars, selling them off at a substantial profit, knowing the owners won’t figure out that there is a problem for some time.

Car buyers are encouraged to thoroughly examine any vehicle for signs of water or flood damage. Manufacturer’s warranties do not cover this sort of problem, and flood damage may affect the performance of anti-lock brakes, seat belts, and air bag deployment.

Shoppers are encouraged to buy from reputable dealers, who can provide a clean CarFax report as well as maintenance records. Mainline dealers often go to great lengths to make sure the vehicles they are selling are problem free.

Cars should be examined to make sure all VIN numbers match, as well as for any signs of exposure to flood waters such as water lines in the engine compartment or trunk, mismatched upholstery, musty smells, or rust in odd places such as door hinges, trunk latches, or hood springs. Moisture may also be present in exterior lamp fixtures.

Flood damage to vehicles must be reported by law, so ask to see the title. If there is any hesitation or excuse given, get up and walk out. You can and will find a better automotive candidate elsewhere. Remember that only a small percentage of these cars are reported to agencies, so a qualified ASE technician should inspect the vehicle before making any offer or signing any contract.

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

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