How To Spot Kerala Flood Damaged Vehicles

In May, the massive Kerala flooding left many with their cars submerged in water. It’s estimated that thousands of these flood damaged cars will hit the used car market soon. To spot water damage when buying a used vehicle, all you need to do is use your eyes, hands, and nose.

Buy with confidence. Have a qualified auto inspector check any used car. Order a vehicle inspection from Suresh Drives today.

Read The Service History & Insurance Claim History

Before you buy any used car, make sure you carefully read the Service history. A lot of useful information can be found there, and it even might openly state that the car was damaged by flood or submersion. Car previous insurance may also reveal if a vehicle was gone under Major accident or flooded related repairs from Outside vendors. You might even find out that the car was salvaged, total loosed as junk.

Even if the Service History looks clean, look carefully yourself for signs of water damage. Some outside vendors Body Shops & Workshops giving facility for Flood related insurance claims, major accident Insurance claims which will never reflect in Service History.

Look For Signs Of Water Damage

On the car upholstery, inspect for any unusual lines possibly left by stagnant water. Don’t’ forget to check the interior cabin ceiling and trunk as well. Another sign of flood damage is mold, and it appears as odd looking circles or patches. Water can hide in the spare tire storage area, so ask to look there too.

Feel For Signs Of Water Damage

Reach deep into the creases between seat cushions to check for moisture. If you push down hard on the floor carpets, you might be surprised to find water seeping through. Additionally, the underside of any folding seats should be examined.

Smell For Signs Of Water Damage

Make sure you sniff around the car… literally. A moldy smell means water has entered somewhere. If you smell a strong perfume or deodorizer, the vendor might be is trying to cover up something.

Consider A Qualified Inspection

Even if you follow these tips, you might miss signs of flood or other damage. Qualified car inspectors often detect defects that the untrained eye can miss. The other advantage to using an inspector is that you can evaluate cars that are far away from you.

Beware Of Scam Artists

It’s estimated that at least 10,00 crore worth cars were damaged in the Kerala floods. There is already an alert to be on the lookout for dishonest vendors who try to sell these cars without giving the whole story. Protect yourself and don’t end up getting stuck with a flood damaged vehicle.

Buy any used car with confidence. Order a 125-point pre-purchase vehicle inspection from Suresh Drives now.