With all the flooding in the U.S. in recent years, car buyers should beware: Flood-damaged cars are showing up on used car lots nationwide, sometimes without any warning to potential owners. How much do you know about flood-damaged cars? Take our quiz and find out!
Unfortunately, no amount of shampooing will get rid of that musty, flooded-car smell.
Mud and other debris from floods can make its way below and into the glove compartment and console.
The worst that can happen is a fatal accident, as flood waters can damage important safety and operational systems in a car.
A car may be OK after a flood, if it was flooded by fresh water rather than salt water and if the water wasn't too high or long-lasting.
Reselling a flood-damaged car is nearly impossible, as most people don't want to take on the financial and safety risks.
Unless a dealer had a good reason to update the sound system, a new stereo could mean the old one was damaged from flood water.
Flood-damaged cars make their way around the country, changing titles along the path, so no region is immune from unscrupulous offerings.
If the wires under the dashboard are brittle, they've been submerged in and damaged by water.
Quite a few states don't require a car to be labeled "Flood" or "Salvage," so beware that you may not be dealing with full disclosure.
A car that smells too strongly of air freshener may be hiding something a little less sweet: a moldy aroma.