How to spot a flood-damaged tokunbo car?


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Did you buy a flooded-out secondhand car? Don’t know? Check our article to know whether it was or not.

Buying a used car is sometimes more challenging than purchasing a new one because it requires buyers a very careful observation, consideration before a wise decision can be made. However, dealers are those who have been infamous for their knavish tricks to sell their car. An experienced seller will always know how to make up his cars to be good-looking or like-new cars.

Flood cars are normally delivered to other regions that haven’t suffered from rain or storm to make car buyers less aware of its flooded history. Water can damage lubricants, electronic equipment and mechanical systems. It can take months or years to corrode the vehicle's important electronics, consisting of airbag controllers. Buyers need to check carefully (or ask for mechanics to do that) any secondhand vehicles before purchasing.

Experts said that even the vehicle shows an acceptable look, quite good performance, you may be fooled because water needs a long time to damage the car’s parts. Typically, an insurance company will not disclose the flooded history of the car for potential purchasers and it will be received a new title, called a rescue title.

Buying a tokunbo car is considered as playing a gamble. You may be lucky enough to get a good-maintained vehicle or unfortunately drive home a bad one. And buying a flood-damaged car also brings a plenty of risks. But if you are a smart buyer, you can still avoid those cars.

So, how to be a wise flood-damaged car purchaser and how to spot a flooded-out car? Let’s follow us to get very helpful tips and advice for your car buying.

1. Check the carpets

If there is any signal on the carpet showing that the carpet has been waterlogged like moldy odor or dirty mud. Otherwise, an all-new carpet replaced on the used car is also a sign telling that the car might have been flood-damaged, consider carefully before buying.

2. Inspect the screws mounted on the seats

Check the seats carefully for any sign of removing because, in order to make the carpet dry, the previous owner has to remove and even replace the seating rows.

3. Pay attention to the lights

The car’s taillights and headlights are not cheap to replace, so check them carefully, you might see some water line left on the reflector or lens.

flooded cars

Check the lights for the flood-damaged car

4. Search for debris and mud

If the car has been in full flood, its panels or brackets, especially on their bottom edges will be easily soiled with mud.

5. Check the places that are difficult to clean

If the seller tries to fool you by making the car look like new, there are still some places in the vehicle that they can’t clean them such as the gap between panels in the trunk and under the hood. Mud and debris may still show in these parts.

Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy

6. Check the bottom edges of panels or bracket

Debris and mud normally wouldn't be there so if there is, it is possibly a flooded car. 

7. Check the engine room

The engine room, particularly the behind space is also a hard-to-clean place. So check it carefully for any water line, mud or debris.

The engine room

The engine room, particularly the behind space is also a hard-to-clean place

8. Look for unpainted or exposed screws

Look for the signals of corrosion on any exposed or unpainted screws under the panel. Unpainted metals in the flood-damaged car will show signs of corrosion.

9. Inspect the rubber drain plugs

Take a look at the rubber drain plugs under the vehicle and at the door’s bottom to see whether they have been removed or replaced lately, because they may have done it to drain flood water.

For car seller

If you live in an area usually affected by floods and want to sell a car that is not flood-damaged, remember that the buyers may doubt it is. To bring the buyers a deep-seated belief in your car, you can take a mechanic test for your car and show them how good it is.

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