Are You Moving House And Changing Your Car?

The decision to move house is often due to a change of circumstance. You may require more space because of a growing family or be downsizing due to your children moving out. Whatever the reason there may also be other things you wish to change including your car, you need a larger car for a growing family for instance or a smaller one if your children are now setting up their own home. If you are looking at changing your vehicle at the same time as moving house it can be tempting to rush the car purchase with all the other time consuming things to organise. You will of course check for mileage, MOT, service records etc but one check that you may miss is flood damage.
There are a number of different ways to tell if a vehicle that you are looking to buy has had a soaking.
Once it’s been dried out, would you know whether a car has been even partially submerged?
Rain and flooding have been in the news over the winter and so anyone buying a used car over the next few months should apply due diligence. Having a good soaking in a flood can cause a car to have numerous problems, not all of them immediately evident. Here are a few ways you can tell if the car you’re thinking of buying has suffered flood damage.
Look at the windows when you first arrive.
If the car’s windows are open then the seller may be trying to dry it out or stop a musty smell. If the windows are shut and there’s condensation on the inside, it might be because the carpets or seats are damp. This makes the air inside moist which turns into condensation on the cold glass.
It’s worth checking what part of the country the car is from and finding out whether that area has suffered flooding. If you are buying from a dealer then ask to check the log book to see if has come from a flood risk area. If you know the registration number beforehand then you can look online at the mot to see what area it is from. When you open the car’s door for the first time, check for strange smells. Flood damaged cars probably have a musty damp smell. The seller might be trying to disguise this with air fresheners. If so, give the seats a good sniff. In extreme cases, the car might have had sewage in it. Your nose will tell you if it has. People can do a good job of drying a car out but there are some parts they won’t be able to reach unless they strip it out completely. Having a really good poke about under the seats is a good place to start. Depending on the colour, you might be able to see a tide mark on the carpet or the metal framework of the seat might have even started to rust. You can check the seat runners for signs of silt or debris.
Look under the carpets too. Beneath these in most cars there’s sound deadening material. This is difficult to dry out because it’s so thick and dense, so use your hands to find out if it’s wet or damp.
There are a number of ledges and other flat surfaces beneath a car’s bonnet. Have a look at these, particularly the ones in lower, hard-to-reach places and see if they’ve got silty deposits on them. Then take off the oil filler cap. If the engine has swallowed water, there could be a white substance a bit like salad cream around the inside of the filler cap. This happens when water and oil mix in a hot engine.
Have a look at each of the light units. These are usually sealed but not enough to prevent moisture finding a way in if submerged. If the car was flooded, at least some of the light units will have condensation inside. Water may still be trapped in them.
Before you take the car on a test drive, try all the electrical features. Whether it’s the lights, electric windows or air conditioning, damp could seriously effect it. And if you turn the air con on and the car steams up, that’s a sign of moisture in the system.
A flood-damaged car could be for sale for several reasons. The owner might know it’s been flooded but not want to risk their no claims discount by telling the insurer. They may only have third party insurance, which doesn’t cover flooding. Or they might have bought the car for a bargain knowing it was flood damaged and omitting that vital piece of information while they sell it on.
Researching the history of your car should run alongside researching your removal company.
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