Did You Just Buy A Flood-Damaged Car?

Deep Flood Water

Deep Flood Water in Residential Area. Des Plains IL USA. City Under River Flood Water. Nature Disasters Photography Collection.

Did You Just Buy A Flood-Damaged Car?

How to make sure you don’t get stuck with a water soaked car

It may be possible that a number of flood-damaged automobiles will be on the used car market in the near future.  These disasters tend to bring out dishonest business people who want to take advantage of the situation.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has established a consumer service called VINCheckSM.  This service allows car buyers to see if the vehicle has been declared as salvage by an NICB member.

How to spot a flood damaged car

  • Use a reputable auto dealer.
  • Is there new carpet in a 5-year-old car?
  • Use your sense of smell. Flood-damaged cars may smell of mold.
  • Check under the carpet for rust.
  • Make sure all electronics work.
  • Is there water in the headlights or tail lights?
  • Mud and debris on the underside of panels and brackets is another good sign the car has been under water.

If you’re from an area affected by a flood and have a car that wasn’t damaged, be aware that buyers might suspect it was.  Damaged cars can also be moved to other states, so even if you live outside a flooded area, be aware.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.


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