For the next few months, you can expect a flood of flood-damaged vehicles to hit the used car market. If you buy from a reputable dealership like Tim’s Truck Capital and Auto Sales in Epsom NH, you won’t see any of those on our lots. However, if you buy from a lesser dealership or private owner, this is something to watch out for.
Hundreds of thousands of storm-ravaged cars will appear on the used-vehicle market following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In fact, in Texas alone it is estimated that as many as one million vehicles suffered damage. Carfax predicts that about half of cars damaged by floods end up back on the road. But the reality is, you don’t want to buy a “flood car,” as oftentimes they end up rotting from the inside out. So how can you be sure you’re buying a used vehicle that hasn’t been damaged in a flood? Here are some tips to protect yourself:
?For sale by owner: Owners of flood-damaged cars often rigorously scrub their vehicle and try to sell it to an unsuspecting buyer. They even move the vehicles to other states in order to escape suspicion. Before you purchase a used vehicle, we recommend you ask a mechanic to conduct a pre-purchase inspection.
?Watch out for forged or bogus documentation. Unscrupulous sellers will tamper with title records to trick buyers into thinking a car is in good condition. Be sure to check Carfax for records before buying.
?Use your nose: Be sure to sniff for foul or musty smells. Pull back the vehicle’s carpet to check for signs of water or mud. Make sure the power locks and windows work. Also, check headlights and taillights for water—it can indicate the vehicle has been submerged
Play It Safe With Tim’s Truck Capital
At Tim’s Truck Capital, you’ll find a great selection of reliable, flood-free used cars for sale in NH and used trucks NH. We’d never try to sell you a vehicle that isn’t high quality and road worthy! We’ve been a respected and trusted dealership since 1983. When you’re ready to buy, we hope you’ll come see us!
Tim’s Truck Capital
904 Suncook Valley Hwy
Epsom, NH 03234
*By appointment only
*By appointment only