Purchasing A Used Vehicle? Make Sure It’s Not Flood Damaged

Purchasing a used vehicle and later learning it has been flood damaged can be very problematic and lead to costly issues down the road. Worst yet, these vehicles can be unhealthy to occupy because of mold and bacteria growing in the carpet and ventilation system. It is important for those considering the purchase of a used vehicle to check for signs of water intrusion or contamination.

Take The Sniff Test

Close all the windows and doors and let the car sit. Then crack open a door and sniff. Mildew and mold have very distinctive smells and it doesn’t take long for that smell to present itself.

Try The Touch Test

Get some paper towels and press them against the low spots in the carpet. The paper towels will draw the moisture out and reveal if the carpet is wet under the surface. If the paper towel becomes wet it could mean water has gotten into the car.

Investigate The Interior

Look under the seats and dash for corrosion and rust. Exposed metal that is untreated and rusted as well as mud and debris in places it does not belong, are signs of water infiltration.

Inspect The Instrument Panel

Turn on the key and perform a bulb test. Make sure every bulb lights up and has no active faults.

Take It To A Professional

A professional technician can raise the car and look underneath to see if there is any mud, sticks or rocks in the suspension as well as check the oil in the differentials to make sure they contain no water.

Taking these steps can help you identify any issues and give you piece of mind. Visit www.carcare.org to learn more.

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Previous articleThe Right Stuffing
Next articleLace Up Your Skates
Anton Media Staff
In addition to its arts and entertainment publication Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group publishes 16 community newspapers, several magazines, specialty publications and websites. With brands dating back to 1877, Anton has a commitment to deliver trusted and relevant content to the communities it serves.

Leave a Reply

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

Long Island Museums Set To Reopen This Week

On Thursday, July 9 at 10 a.m., the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Cradle of Aviation Museum will reopen to the public.

Anton Classifieds—July 8-14, 2020

Anton Classifieds—July 8-14, 2020

Will Sasso Talks New ABC Sitcom United We Fall

Sasso is now starring in his very own ABC sitcom United We Fall as dad and husband Bill Ryan.

Hunger Comes Out Of The Shadows

Two events in Nassau County last week put the spotlight on what politicians and other stakeholders call “food insecurity.” On June 29, U.S. Senator Kirsten...

Contract Awarded For Demolition Of Buildings At Northport VA

Congressman Tom Suozzi said this will signal a new beginning for the Northport VA.

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.

x