Flooded Cars

Q: When buying a used vehicle, how do I tell if it has been in a flood?

A: Especially after hurricanes, thousands of flooded cars are transported to various locations around the country for sale. Cars that have been submerged can have a variety of problems. The seller should disclose this information, but some will try and cover it up. Inspect the trunk area for musty smells or debris. Inspect the instrument gauges for moisture and make sure they work. Test all the electrical components (e.g., power windows, power seats, headlights, radio, heater, AC, etc.). Look into the heater vents for mud or moisture. It is also a good idea to run a vehicle history report through a company like CARFAX. Finally, check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the company you are dealing with is reputable.