It's rainy season once again, and flooding is a concern for many people living in urban areas. Every year many cars and other assets are damaged by flooding leading to costly repairs. In fact, cars are basically electrical machines, and when water reaches merely the carpet floor, it could cause irreversible damage. Oh, and don't forget the stinky mildew smell lingering afterward... The executive director of Car Care Council, Rich White once noted that "Water damage from a flood can unknowingly cause problems that will be costly to fix down the road." Which is why it is wise to educate oneself on how to avoid purchasing a car that may have flood damage.
So, if ever you are in the market for a new car, here are some of the recommended steps to determine if a vehicle has been flooded:
1.) Sniff test: Once the car is flooded, it has a very distinct smell. You will never go wrong with this test.
2.) Touch test: Get some paper towels and press them against the low spots in the carpet to check if water has entered the car.
3.) Investigate the interior: Look for metals where you can see signs of corrosion and rust. Look for mud and debris in places it does not belong.
4.) Inspect the instrument panel: Turn on the key and perform a bulb test. Make sure every bulb lights up. Check for malfunctions in the anti-brake and air bag systems.
5.) Take it to a professional: Let the technicians do their job and look for any issues and help you resolve it. Remember, preparation is key!
Bonus Tip: Add ClimaGuard's Temporary Protective Enclosure to your emergency kit to secure your car and other valuables from flood damage.