How to spot a water damage

Because the site doesn’t have data on every car, if a car doesn’t appear on the list, it may still have sustained flood damage. That’s why it’s important to keep the following tips in mind when buying a used car that you think may have been damaged by water. Ask the dealer if you can look at the title to check if the vehicle is from an area that has been hit with a recent flood or if the title has been stamped “salvage.”

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If the dashboard gauges look foggy inside, it’s a sign of water damage. Test all the electrical components, such as the lights, signals, wipers, radio, power outlet, air conditioner, and heater to see if they work. Flex the wires under the dashboard and see if they bend or crack when you move them.

Check for mud, rust, or water damage in the glove compartment, trunk, and below the seats (use a small hand mirror). Discolored, faded, or stained carpeting and upholstery are indications of water damage. If the age of the carpeting doesn’t match the age of the car or is different from the color of the interior, the old damaged carpeting has probably been replaced.

Musty smells anywhere in the car mean the car was in a flood. A used car represents a costly investment. It’s always a good idea to bring along a qualified mechanic to examine the car at the dealer’s lot.