Stretch Your Dollar: Tips to avoid buying a flood car

(WTNH)– We all seen the video of flooded homes and cars in Florida and Texas following the two hurricanes. Now experts are warning you to be careful about buying your next used car.

We are stretching you dollar with what you need to look out for so you don’t end up with a flood car.

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma tore through some of our nations southern states, they swept away homes, peoples belongings and in thousands of cases, their cars. It’s why experts are warning you to be extra vigilant next time you buy a car.

Here are 5 tips to take with you :

  • Check the vehicle’s title history or vehicle history report. That may tell you if a vehicle was flooded.
  • Examine the interior and exterior for evidence of water or grit from submersion.
  • Check for recently shampooed carpets
  • Look for water stains under carpets.
  • And check for rust on screws in the console that wouldn’t typically be exposed to water

Be sure to note any moldy or musty smells and be extra careful if the vehicle is for sale by owner. And Perhaps the most important is always inspect and test drive it before handing over any money.

Even better, have a professional look at it to ensure you’re not trading your hard-earned cash for a soggy lemon.

For more information, go to https://www.nada.org/nada-10-inspection-tips-to-detect-flood-damaged-vehicles/.

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