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Old 19th October 2005, 15:46   #1
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In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, concerns over flood-damaged vehicles are at a peak. The National Auto Dealers' Association (NADA) says there are ten ways you can spot whether your new vehicle has been damaged by flood waters from the storms or from other events:

Check the vehicle's title history - it MAY state flood damage. - not applicable in India

Examine the interior and the engine compartment for evidence of water and grit from suspected submersion.

Check for a recently shampooed carpet.

Look under the floorboard carpet for water residue or stain marks from evaporated water not related to air-conditioning pan leaks.

Inspect for rusting on the inside of the car and under interior carpeting and visually inspect all interior upholstery and door panels for any evidence of fading.

Check under the dashboard for dried mud and residue, and note any evidence of mold or musty odor in the upholstery, carpet or trunk.

Check for rust on screws in the console or other areas where the water would normally not reach unless submerged.

Look for mud or grit in alternator crevices, behind wiring harnesses and around the small recesses of starter motors, power steering pumps and relays.

Complete a detailed inspection of the electrical wiring system looking for rusted components, water residue or suspicious corrosion.

Inspect the undercarriage of other components for evidence of rust and flaking metal that would not normally be associated with late model cars and trucks
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This is a VERY valuable read, since some Mumbai flood-damaged cars are now being offered in the used car market as "clean" machinery.

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Quite a useful read Ajmat. Should definately help second hand car buyers.
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Quite a useful read Ajmat. Should definately help second hand car buyers.
I second that...recently i inspected a couple of used vtecs at a used car dealer in Mumbai and already made use of some of these tips...

There was a this 2001 model in silver colour which looked absolutely fabulous from outside , however, the head light reflectors had become dull which clearly indicated that the car had spent considerable amount of time under water.

Also, the interiors smelt soggy and my assumption was confirmed

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nice read indeed........also check the small remote buttons to open fuel lids and boot in the car....they are usually very jammed or very hard to operate in a flooded car..and few more inspections in the engine bay like the delco and stuff.

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