Finding just the right used car can be a challenge. This is further complicated with hundreds of thousands of cars victimized by Hurricane Harvey’s wrath with even more vehicles at risk of water damage with the onslaught of Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia. These damaged vehicles are easy targets for people who want to sell their damaged vehicle to unsuspecting consumers. Knowing how to identify that flood damaged vehicle is imperative in avoiding wasting your hard-earned money.
Analysts are warning Americans to check vehicle history reports and inspect used cars carefully before buying. Carfax, a vehicle history report company, said about half of cars damaged by these types of natural disasters will return to the road.
“Sometimes, spotting a flooded car isn’t as easy as you would think, said Melanie Duquesnel, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau. “On the outside, the car may look like it’s in perfect condition, while the inside tells a different story.” Worried you may become the victim of car fraud? According to Carfax, there are several steps you can take to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Never purchase a car sight unseen. Craigslist, and other used car websites, are anticipated to host loads of ‘great deals’ for out of state cars. Only purchase cars that you can touch, test drive and have your mechanic look over – no matter how good of a deal it is.
Check the vehicle history report.
Give the car a thorough inspection.
Take the car for a test drive.
Be careful of individuals selling used cars from a vacant lot or from the side of the road.
Getting that perfect used car at an amazing price comes with some required homework. Once the homework is done and it passed the test, you can be confident that the car will be a good investment.