In the wake of the recent flooding across the south during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many vehicles were damaged by high rain waters.
Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana reminds consumers in the market for a preowned vehicle to watch out for vehicles hitting the used car market that may have been submerged.
There is no foolproof way to detect vehicle flood damage but there are steps that car shoppers can take to detect water damage and protect themselves. Experts say potential buyers should inspect the interior, trunk and engine compartment for rust, musty odors and other signs of significant water damage.
BBB also suggests asking a reputable mechanic to look for signs of water damage in the used vehicle you thinking of purchasing. Mechanics may detect things like water levels in the engine well and rusting wires. They can also look inside your ventilation system and see if there's any debris – a tell-tale signs of flooded vehicles.
Better Business Bureau urges new and used car buyers to be cautious of unscrupulous businesses and individuals who may try to sell flood-damaged cars without revealing the vehicles' history.
BBB recommends the following tips to help consumers determine if a car is flood-damaged:
Bottom line -what looks like a good deal and the future could be a poor and costly investment. Remember “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
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BBB Serving Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.