Get a Pre Purchase Inspection Before Buying, Flooded Cars For Sale
According to news reports there are between 500,000 and 1,000,000 cars that were damaged in recent flooding from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many of these vehicles will be crushed and recycled. However many of these vehicles will be “repaired” and offered for sale. YIKES !!!
Over the years we’ve had many customers who purchased a used vehicle only to find out that they purchased a lemon when they brought it in for service. I cannot tell you how often we find oil leaks, coolant leaks, bad brakes, bent frames and water damage when we do an inspection after purchase.
Recently we had a customer who did a pre purchase inspection on a truck that they purchased for their son. The problem was it was inspected at a muffler chain that isn't qualified to do inspections but said they were. Our customer did not know this at the time. The vehicle ended up having a very rusted underside and had several leaks.
Whether it be rust, wrecked or flooded this all could've been averted just by having a pre purchase inspection done here at Atlanta Hybrid Repair. During this inspection we look at tires, brakes, belts, hoses, suspension and engine putting the vehicle up in the air on a lift. It is a slight inconvenience and will take 30 minutes to an hour however it could save you thousands of dollars.
You can also do a free check with Carfax to see if your vehicle has been reported as flood damaged. https://www.carfax.com/press/resources/flooded-cars Carfax is a great source to also see if the vehicle has other issues.
When I was helping my daughter look for a car last spring several cars that looked great in pictures we eliminated from just looking at the Carfax report. Cars from up north were eliminated because of possible rust others had been wrecked and others had a lack of information that made us weary. It really saved us a lot of time and she ended up with a 2015 RAV4 with low miles at a good price.