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Finding flood damage on a vehicle

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by newyorkin, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    I read that a lot of hurricane flood-damaged vehicles have been making their way up north and are being sold to unsuspecting consumers.

    Anyone know any signs I can look for to make sure I'm not buying one? I just remembered it because i found a 2000 Silverado extended cab for $7000. That seems about $3000 too low to me, which makes me suspicious...
     
  2. nc87k5

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    I thought they were supposed to have a salvage or damaged title to them?
     
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    One word. CARFAX!
     
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    Look for a "mudline" on the firewall.
    All-new interior stuff could be an indicator, but not a dead-giveaway.
     
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    fish in the trunk??
     
  6. BigOrange90Jimmy

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    Inspect light housings carefully, sediment on top of framerails and gas tanks, mudlines as mentioned, pull the carpet back and inspect, bolts on interiors (most are unpainted and abnormally rusted heads are a good giveaway), even check wiring looms since sediment usually stays in it.
     
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    check the electrical connections, they tend to corrode very quickly when expossed to alot of water.
     
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    Ah who cares if your just going to re-sell it!!


    J/K, do those states do salvage titles?
     
  9. Storm Trooper

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    Saltwater and steel don't mix. It would be very hard to stop all the surface rust that would start from the saltwater. Look in places that they can't repaint or hide the rust. Freash water flooding would be tougher.
    Ask yourself, "Does it smell like an old girl friend when sitting in the sun?"
     
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    There are licensed dealers down here who are buying them by the truck load. They clean them up and sell them as if no water ever touched them. If an insurance company has to pay for the damage, the car will have a salvage/flood title.

    Problem is that we are a "minimum liability" state so very few people keep full coverage. If the owner didn't have full coverage, they can do whatever they want with the car. Many are just selling them for Little or nothing.

    The dealers indicate (sometimes) that "all repairs have been made" which normally means that they had the car detailed. Keep in mind that most were lightly flooded for several days, but then allowed to completely dry out for several weeks. If there is not interior damage or water in the gas how would you tell? Of course in a year or so when everything below the doors rots off......
     

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