There are a lot of vehicles that were damaged by Hurricane Matthew and many are heading to auction and could end up on a lot right here in Nebraska. Chad Riege is the service manager at Woodhouse Ford in Blair and says there are a few things you can watch out for so you don’t end up with big problems down the road.
Riege says, “Look under the undercarriage and inside the engine compartment. if things are really over rusty it is probably a sign it has been submerged in water. Look at the interior to make sure things match. Make sure parts like door panels haven’t been replaced and they don’t match. Pull back the carpet behind the glove box to see if there are any signs of water intrusion or mud silt and does it have a mildew smell.”
He says once water gets into the engine, transmission or axel it dilutes the oil that will cause damage to the components. He says the best way to determine if a car has damage is to look at the title. He says if it has been in any insurance claim it will have a branded title stating it was a flood vehicle. Watch for words like salvage, totaled, rebuilt or junk.
If in doubt have the vehicle checked out by an independent mechanic before paying any money or signing on the dotted line.