Chevy service in East Texas

With Hurricane Harvey having come and gone, the wreckage remains. While many people have lost everything, others are still trying to get back to normal and move on from this horrific tragedy. Being that Harvey brought along many floods, there are cars out there that have been flooded. Although these cars are no good, many of these cars will unfortunately be in the market. That is why our East Texas Chevy service center is here to help shoppers check a vehicle for water damage so that they don’t get ripped off!

We encourage shoppers to check out the tips below so that they can avoid purchasing a water damaged vehicle:

  1. Remove the interior panels to inspect for silt and debris. While the interior may look nice, behind those panels could be proof that this car has been flooded.
  2. Inspect under the dash for dampness and surface rust on some unfinished stamped steel brackets.
  3. Keep your eyes peeled for water lines on the upholstery and insulation material. There shouldn’t be any lines like this, especially if it is marked as new.
  4. Use your nose! Close the doors and windows to see if there is an odor and musty smell. If the car is being presented with the windows open, this is a must.
  5. Test for any lighting or electrical issues—dimming or flickering. These lights shouldn’t have an issue, and if they do, that should be a red flag.
  6. Check for rust on screws in the console or other areas where the water would normally not reach. The only way these screws and bolts would be rusted is if they were submerged while flooded.
  7. Check the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System and the state’s title history. It’s important to remember the insurance salvage/non-repairable/flood damage/Reg invalid notations may take several weeks to display in the official records, so do your due diligence.

Flooded vehicle

There are many ways to check if a vehicle has flood damage, but the ones above are very important. Don’t blindly purchase a vehicle and hope that it clean and in great shape. After a disaster like we just faced, there are many people who will be looking to get rid of their ride, which is why our East Texas Chevy Dealer FOR The People® has laid out these helpful tips.

If you want more information or had an issue with your car during the flood, visit McKAIG Chevrolet Buick!