Avoiding 'Flood Cars'
The news is filled these past two weeks with hurricane damage and potential hurricane damage from another approaching hurricane. We see pictures of the devastation that these storms have caused. The emotional and physical damage is devastating and I can’t imagine watching everything you own wash away in a flood. In the automotive world, the talk starts to be about the ‘flood cars.’ These are vehicles that were damaged during a catastrophe and probably totaled by an insurance company. They’re not supposed to end up being resold but, sometimes they end up in the used car market. How does it happen? There is money to be made. Should this happen? Probably not, but if someone’s vehicle is uninsured or under insured, many people will try to dry them out and drive them or sell them. These cars may end up for sale in your area and you need to know how to spot them when searching for a used car. I could list all the signs of a potential flood car here but I’m not going to. I’m hoping that when the time comes and you are looking for a used car, you remember that you read this and take the time to do some research. Wonder what happens during the process of assessing flood cars after a huge weather event like this? Here’s a good website to give you an idea of how the process works. We’ve been through this before, and we know that recently purchased used cars will show up at Arie Nol Auto Center soon. The best advice? Have a vehicle inspection done BEFORE you purchase the car. Purchasing a vehicle that could eventually have mildew and corroded wires can be an expensive lesson. We hope to help people avoid this scenario and purchase a car that they love and that turns out to be a good investment.