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Consumers aware: Check used cars for water damage before purchase

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:14:41 AM

Consumers who are in the market for a new used car and are outfitted with auto financing should consider doing intensive research on the condition of a vehicle before purchase it - especially for water damage. It is not typically one of the first things consumers check when they review a vehicle before buying. However, that oversight could be a costly mistake according to experts.

"If the water crests over the door sill, then it is enough water to create a ticking time bomb," John Davis, the Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and creator of MotorWeek (television’s longest-running automotive series), told Mother Nature Network. "Even if water just gets into the floor boards, there are many wires that run underneath the seats. It takes only one corroded wire to cause a lifetime of problems with the electrical system."

A consumer should get the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the vehicle report from a title search company to avoid problems in the future. It should include any information concerning vehicle safety, collision or major repairs, and it is worth the money because the report could save a driver thousands in repairs.ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800706270-ADNFCR