Three Ways to Avoid Flood Damaged Sports Cars

The recent natural disasters along the U.S. gulf coast reminds us of an important factor in purchasing sports cars-the need to avoid purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle.

A sports car that has been flooded is likely to experience numerous difficulties that will shorten its lifespan.

Among the risks is the greater likelihood of significant rust problems. A previously soaked interior lends itself to rusting out floorboards and other often hidden spots.

More importantly, however, are the very real mechanical problems that can come about due to the flooding of a sports car. If water levels reached a high enough point, it is possible that grit, grime and water entered the engine and exhaust system. The residue can significantly impair performance and can shorten the car’s effective life considerably.

Flooded sports cars also frequently suffer from electrical problems. A soaked electrical system lends itself to corrosion and an increased risk of short circuits. Repairs will be necessary, and electrical work can bring with it considerable expense.

Fortunately, it is possible to avoid purchasing a sports car that has been flooded. There are a few things you can easily due to mitigate the risk of acquiring a previously flooded car.

First, perform an automobile history check through a service such as CarFax. Although not foolproof, this kind of check can tell you if any flood-related insurance claims were made with respect to the vehicle and may provide you with other information hinting at water-related problems.

Secondly, beware of too much new car smell. A soggy car is likely to start producing interior mold and an unscrupulous seller may attempt to hide this telltale sign of flood damage by utilizing strong deodorants. An unaware buyer may purchase the car and not smell the hint of flood damage until some time after the purchase is made. If a car smells “too good” or seems to be over-deodorized, make sure to take extra time to investigate possible flooding.

Finally, advise your mechanic to look for signs of water damage. Any time you buy a sports car, particularly a used model, you should have your mechanic evaluate the vehicle. If you have reason to be concerned about potential flood history, remind your mechanic to be on the lookout for any water damage indicators.

The great devastation wrought by floods has been known to bring out the best in people willing to help those adversely affected. Unfortunately, history also indicates there will be people willing to profit on sports cars impacted by storms without offering full disclosure of past water damage. Do not allow yourself to be victimized by the seller of a once-flooded car, take steps to protect yourself from these unscrupulous sellers.

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