Imagine you go to a car dealer to buy a used car. You like the looks of the car and even negotiate the price, and the dealer is willing to sell the car at a lower price. But, in all possibility, that used car you are planning to buy may have some hidden hazard that is difficult to find just by looking under the hood and the car dealer is not bound to tell you about the problem!
The National Automobile Dealers Association has estimated that over 250 thousand vehicles were destroyed or damaged by the super storm Sandy. The owners of these damaged vehicles will want to replace them soon and thus many of these damaged cars would be made available in the used car aftermarket throughout the United States. Similar events occurred in Japan and buying used Japanese cars can also pose similar problems.
Precautions in Buying Used Cars
Unscrupulous car dealers may refurbish these cars and ship them to another state that is not affected by the disaster. And, in such cases, the mechanical and electrical problems may surface long after the sale is made. So, how can you prevent yourself from buying such a damaged car? These Shiotsu used cars and trucks from Japan damaged by the storm and flood can be very dangerous, particularly if water has seeped in their electronic parts and equipment. The water may cause malfunction and corrosion of the car components.
These damaged cars turn up in the used car market, and sometimes even the car dealer may not even know about their real condition. Buying a damaged used car can be more than just annoying, because it could pose a threat to your life too – due to malfunctioning of the car.
Buying Used Cars and Trucks - Checks
So how can you ensure that the used vehicle you are planning to buy is reliable and not damaged by the storm or flood? Appearances can be misleading. Shiny and sporty looks don’t mean much. SCAR and other automobile experts suggest that used auto buyers should check the following things when inspecting a used car:
Are the emblems all in the right place?
Are any parts missing or do they look unsymmetrical?
Is there any paint overspray on other parts in the engine?
Do the paint colors match?
Do the seams in the vehicle line up?
Used car buyers should also inspect for things like signs of rust or mud in the trunk or under the seats or trunk, water marks, musty odors. And you should never buy any used vehicle without verifying its electronic history. Also, one of the most important checks for any used car is to check its vehicle accident report. If a car has met an accident, particularly a major accident, it could get severely damaged that it could present ongoing problems needing frequent repairs. That’s why it makes a sense to carry out a thorough check about the car’s background – especially major accident background.
Also, if you know the used car’s VIN or vehicle identification number, you can check about the history of the car through several online websites.
The super stormSandywill certainly push used vehicles damaged by flood in the used car market. And, if you end up with such a car, it can mean recurring and expensive problems with major, minor and cardinal car components. With the tips offered in this article, you can prevent buying a lemon that is damaged by such storms and floods.