Flood Damage Checklist

Vehicle history can be checked with CarFax, AutoCheck or the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. Is the car from out of state? Was it titled in a flood area?

Flood Damage Checklist

    • Check for a musty interior odor or strong air freshener smell.
    • Check carpet, headliner, and seats for water stains.
    • Pull up carpet and check for wet/damp jute backing.
    • Check for rust under seats on seat frames and springs.
    • Have seat bolts been wrenched?
    • Check under dash for water line or rusted components.
    • Are all electrical components working properly?
    • Are headlamps/tail lamps foggy from moisture?
    • Do underbody floor pan drain plugs show signs of removal?
    • Check spare tire well in trunk for water or signs of drain plug removal.
    • Check for corrosion in unusual places.
    • Check for silt in nooks and crannies in the engine compartment, trunk, and the gas filler door.
    • Check engine oil and transmission fluid for signs of water contamination.
    • Check air cleaner box for water or damp air filter.
    • Check for water lines:
      • Under the dash
      • In door jambs
      • Under door trim panels
      • Under the hood / engine compartment cowl
      • Under the fender wells or behind the fender liners
      • In the truck / spare tire well
    • Run a diagnostic scan for open codes (if the shop is able).

 

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