Buying a used car comes with its pros and cons. Sure, used cars are relatively cheaper than unused cars, but sometimes buying a used car is like playing the lottery. You might end up with the best deal of your life or you might end up with... well... something less satisfactory.
If you are thinking about buying a used car in Red Deer, then knowing how to spot (and avoid) flood-damaged car is more important than ever. To help you with that, Sharp Insurance has compiled a short list of advice for you to go over.
- Be a smart shopper: In other words, choose your dealer carefully. Fortunately, this has become easier than ever thanks to the internet. Make sure that the dealer you are interested in buying from has positive reviews online.
- Bring a friend along: If you don't know much about cars, then bring someone who does along. Even if your friend doesn't know much about cars either it's always better to hear the opinion of a second person. And really, two pairs of eyes are better than one!
- Sniff the car: Literally! Flood-damaged cars all share one thing in common: A slightly unpleasant aroma reminiscent of mildew.
- Check for any sign of moisture: And make sure to use your hands! Water from flooding tends to collect under the carpet, so if possible, peel it back. Remember that rust is often a tell-tale sign as well.
- Look at the fabrics: Lastly, take a good look at the upholstery that covers the car's interior. Brown water stains are a clear indicators that something is not right.