While purchasing a car that has been in a flood may seem like a great way to save money, we can’t stress enough just what a money pit flood-damaged cars tend to be. Though these cars can be rebuilt and deemed safe to drive on the roads by the state, that doesn’t necessarily make them a good choice at any cost. Here’s why you should avoid buying a flood-damaged car:
That smell. Forget that fresh, new car smell – flood damaged cars tend to carry a musky, wet smell with them for the rest of their days. Once the interior is flooded with dirty water, any soft materials begin to soak it up, and often aren’t professionally dried or cleaned for days, weeks, or even months after the flood.
Goodbye, lube. When flood waters fill a car, they tend to wash away everything – including important lubricants in the crevices of your vehicle. And if the water fills the engine –forget it. Once engine oil has been washed away from places like the crankshaft bearings, the engine’s lifespan is reduced drastically.
Electronics nightmare. Even if a car has passed the safety and functional inspections necessary to be deemed legal to drive after a flood, certain electrical systems can go untested, and their failures undisclosed. Systems like cruise control, power locks and windows, and audio systems can be seriously damaged in a flood.
For information on avoiding flood-damaged cars, visit carfax.com.
If you’re looking to save money on your next car, check out Plaza Cadillac’s Certified Pre-Owned program. No surprises, no stinky interiors, and no power failures – we promise.