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It is important for those considering the purchase of a used vehicle to be car care aware and check for signs of water intrusion or contamination, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

"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," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council and the Car Care Professionals Network (CCPN), a network of professional automotive service providers, say it all comes down to how much water the vehicle took in and where it can be reached and together recommend taking the following steps to determine if a vehicle has been flood damaged:

  • Take the sniff test. Close all the windows and doors and let the car sit for about five minutes 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. Some carpets can be several inches thick to insulate from heat and sound. 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 and look for exposed metal that is untreated. There are metal springs under the front seats that are usually not painted. If they are rusted that is a sign the interior has been wet. Look for mud and debris in places it does not belong.
  • Inspect the instrument panel. Turn on the key and perform a bulb test. Make sure every bulb lights up. If a system has an issue, removing the warning bulb can hide it. Many times vehicles that have flooded have malfunctions in their anti-brake and air bag systems. Ensuring the light comes on and then goes out after the bulb test is an indicator that the system is on and has no active faults.
  • Take it to a professional. Let a service and repair technician inspect your vehicle. They can raise the car and look underneath to see if there is any mud, sticks or rocks in the suspension. A professional can check the oil in the differentials to make sure they contain no water in them. Spend a few dollars to have it looked over to give you peace of mind.

Source: Car Car Council


what our customers say

Jeff was able to diagnose and fix my Honda Civic hybrid ahead of schedule with excellent customer service.
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, 03/04/2022

Great place, got an oil change and they were quick and very courteous. Highly recommended. Honest and friendly.
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, 03/02/2022

Amazing customer service, had my truck back on the road in no time!
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, 11/19/2020

Great customer service and quality. Beautiful clean shop and the owner was very helpful in me dropping my car off before open hours and picking it up after. Highly recommend.
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, 01/07/2021

Very good professional ethics for the sake of customers
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, 01/19/2021

We went in to get an alignment. They did an awesome job. They also suggested some things that will needed to be fixed but never felt pushed or pressured to do it right then and there. Steve was awesome to work with. Very thorough and explained everything into simple words so that I could understand what was going wrong with my car. I will definitely bring back my vehicle to do my regular maintenance.
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