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Telltale signs of flood damage

November 18, 2010
  • Check all dashboard gauges for signs of water and to make sure they’re accurate.
  • Test the lights, windshield wipers, turn signals, cigarette lighter, radio, heater and air conditioner several times to make sure they work.
  • Flex wires under the dashboard to see if they bend or crack. Wet wires become brittle upon drying and can crack or fail at any time.
  • Check the trunk and glove compartment and beneath the seats and dash for signs of mud, rust or water damage.
  • Look for discolored, faded or stained upholstery and carpeting.
  • Look for carpeting that has been replaced. It may fit too loosely or may not match the interior color.
  • Check for a well-defined line, or watermark, and for musty odors resulting from mildew.
  • Examine the engine compartment for evidence of water and grit from suspected submission in water.