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Don’t Get Soaked By A Flood-Damaged Car

Posted: 1/11/2013

Check the trunk, glove compartment and below the seats for signs of water damage, such as mud or rust
Check the trunk, glove compartment and below the seats for signs of water damage, such as mud or rust.

(NAPSI)—Recently, a number of extreme storms and hurricanes left thousands of cars in the surrounding areas damaged by floodwaters.

Unfortunately, it’s common for many of these flood-damaged cars to end up back on the road every year. But by doing a little homework, you can avoid buying a car that is rotting from the inside out.

To help, here are some tips:

• Check the trunk, glove compartment and below the seats for signs of water damage, such as mud or rust.

• Flex the wires beneath the dashboard. Wet wires will become brittle upon drying and may crack.

• Take a deep breath and smell for musty odors from mildew.

• Ask to see a vehicle history report. For example, Carfax Reports can reveal many hidden problems, including if a vehicle has reported flood damage.

To learn more, visit www.carfax.com.

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