We’ve had two big storms recently hit the U.S. One was in Florida and the other was down in Texas. Here’s a little bit of advice if you’re looking to buying a used car in the next couple of months.
Avoid flood damaged cars.
Flood damaged cars have hidden damage from water infiltrating a lot of components. This is really true if they’ve sat in high water for days at a time. The water damage can damage electronics, fuel and lubrication systems, seep into a car’s engine, and cause corrosion to a car’s body.
Sometimes wholesalers will purchase flood damaged cars at auction, repair them, then take them to other parts of the country. These cars are then sold to buyers who would never suspect the damage that’s happened. It is very important for used car buyers across the United States to be on the lookout for any car that may have flood damage.
Many of these vehicles have a salvage title. This happens a lot on vehicles that have been flooded and repaired. A lot of these cars are written off as total losses by insurance adjusters.
Here’s what to look for when buying a vehicle you think has been flooded.
Check out the inside of the car for any damp smells. Look for water rings on the rugs and the upholstery, and check for signs of rust along the floorboards. Inspect for rust on unpainted screws underneath the car’s dashboard, inside of the trunk or underneath the hood. Also check for unusually new upholstery on an older model vehicle. A flooded car may also experience problems with its electrical systems, engine and fuel systems. These problems may not show up until you’ve owned the vehicle for a longer period of time.
We’d recommend getting a report of the vehicle’s history. This kind of report will let you know if the vehicle has been in any accidents. It’s also good to have an experienced mechanic take a look at the vehicle. They will uncover flood damage and any other issues that may affect its safety and performance.
Be vigilant if you’re going used car shopping in the next several months. There will be a lot of cars in the market that look like great deals upfront but won’t be worth the headache they will cause if they are purchased.
Are you considering getting rid of an older vehicle in your possession? Are you considering repairing a vehicle that’s been badly damaged in an accident? Sometimes those repairs, especially if it’s an older car that has multiple problems, end up costing more than what the vehicle is worth. If that’s the case then you may want to consider bringing your car or truck to a salvage yard. It’s a good option because it gets an unreliable vehicle off of your hands and puts some cash in your pocket. Here are a couple of steps you can take when preparing to sell your vehicle to a salvage yard. Of course, these rules vary from state to state but these are general steps that apply regardless of where you are in the country.
First off, look for a salvage yard in your area. Shop around to see what they will offer you for your vehicle. They will ask for the year, make, and model. They may also ask you additional questions about the condition of your vehicle. Describe the condition of the vehicle as accurately as you can to ensure you get the fairest price for your vehicle. Have the title and proof of registration ready to hand over to the salvage yard. Remove any personal belongings and accessories before handing the vehicle over.
When you arrive at the salvage yard, make the amount you agreed to is the same one offered over the phone. Some salvage yard owners will make an offer over the phone then low-ball you when you arrive with the vehicle. If so, stick to your guns and hold them accountable on the offer. If they offer you a hard to believe story on why they can’t do stick to the amount the offered you over the phone, don’t hesitate to walk away. Go with one of the other salvage yards you called earlier.
Towing is also a factor. Are you able to drive the vehicle to the salvage yard or will you need to have it towed? If you’ll need to have it towed, how much will it cost? Towing companies usually charge on a per mile basis. These costs will eat into the payout you will receive for your vehicle from the salvage yard. If so then you may need to consider a salvage yard that is closer to where you live. You may also want to ask if the salvage yard has towing options available, whether or not those options are free, and if there are any other fees involved such as fees to transfer your title.
Welcome to East Coast Auto Salvage!
This is your site for info on how to salvage your used car or truck. If you’ve got a vehicle that’s sitting idle in the driveway or you’ve got an older vehicle that’s costing you more to repair than what it’s worth then it may be time to consider taking it to your local salvage yard. If you can’t get your car there because it won’t start we’ll arrange to tow it there for you.
Vehicles that have experienced major flood damage or damage as a result of a collision are prime candidates for the salvage yard too.
Laws regarding what is and isn’t considered as salvage vary by state. We’ll give you information on where to look to make sure you’re on the right side of the law with your vehicle.
We’ll also give you information on what to do when you need vehicle repaired-what to do, what to avoid, and what your rights are (and the repair shop’s rights as well).
We look forward to your visit. Come on back and visit our blog soon!
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