We’ve seen many images of flooding and flooded cars on the news recently. This year it’s Hurricane Florence making the headlines, last year it was Harvey. In previous years it is been Ike, Sandy, and Katrina.
All of these storms have destroyed many cars, with one million being attributed to Harvey alone. These cars don’t all go to the crusher, some get cleaned up and resold, especially the more desirable and valuable ones, like BMWs. We know because we’ve seen some of them here at Pacific Motorsports.
As people are more aware of flooding, and the damage it causes, in the areas most affected, these flood cars are usually sent away to be sold, to places where flooding may not be a consideration when shopping for a car.
How can one protect themselves from unscrupulous, or merely ignorant, sellers flogging a seemingly good looking car? As with any used car purchase we recommend a Pre-Purchase Inspection.
Having a trained professional familiar with the make and model car you’re considering buying perform a thorough inspection BEFORE you purchase it will provide you with peace of mind. You will know EXACTLY what you’re buying, and not have to make a leap of faith, hoping that it is what it appears to be.
After finding the car you want, and testing its systems yourself, take the extra step of having a professional experienced in finding the signs of flood damage inspect it, you’ll be glad you did.