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How to Check a Vehicle for Flood Damage

Source: Counterman

Record rainfall has hit parts of the country and flooding has taken its toll on vehicles. Thousands of cars, trucks and SUVs have been damaged by floods, and the Car Care Council advises car owners in those areas to check their vehicles for signs of water intrusion or contamination.

“Water damage from a flood can unknowingly cause problems that will be costly to fix down the road,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “In addition, flood-damaged vehicles can be unhealthy to occupy because of mold and bacteria growing in the carpet and ventilation system.”

The nonprofit Car Care Council and the Car Care Professionals Network, a network of professional automotive service providers, say it all comes down to how much water the vehicle took in and where the water reached in the vehicle. The two organizations recommend taking the following steps to determine if a vehicle has been flood damaged:

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer-education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.

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