When you are lucky enough you can get branded car from the salvage yard with no damage at all. This happens only when you are lucky. Not everyone is lucky. Nevertheless, the greed to get such car at yard price is something so lucrative that people cannot hold their bets from it. Con people utilize this as their opportunity. On many cases, they put up such new cars with zero damage to make their margin and fraud with a customer. Do you know that old saying – all that glitters is not gold? You may not believe many of those brand new car look alike have stayed days or weeks under floodwater. You cannot expect the mechanical and the electrical system of such cars to run for long. Soon they will start giving you pain if it is not now. So be careful when you are amazed with the look of the car that is still alike a brand new one.
If you want to avoid ending up with a flood washed car then you should inspect the car in certain areas:
- Check the discoloration of carpet
- Try to smell the usual smell inside the car
- Check the light boxes around car body to see any sign of water marks or water borne buildups
- Check dirties build up in unusual areas
- Look at the undercarriage
A flooded car is economically a totaled car. But due to variations and gaps between different state laws it is possible for con people title wash the car and sell it on another state as a good in condition car. In fact, it is a crime to try to sell a flooded car in some states. If you face such situation you must report it to proper authority. When you get the history report, you must also check whether the car was ever affected in flood or have been to flood affected areas. New Orleans, for example, is a place that is below the sea level, every time a hurricane hits it many cars become flooded. So, US has a built in environmental mechanism to get ample supplies of flooded salvage cars. So, you better keep your eyes open all the time.