HOW TO SPOT A FLOODED CAR

With the floods in Ibadan and Lagos (Nigeria) in 2011. And in about 20 states in Nigeria in 2012… not forgetting Hurricane Sandy, also last year, it is safe to assume we are surrounded by ‘flooded cars’. Many of these cars will be re-sold in Nigeria and more will be imported too, from the U.S. so, how do we spot/identify these cars?
I conducted an interview on twitter via my handle (@IH3AMA) in January 2013 and I got some answers. I also did a little research on the internet and found out more pointers. I have personally driven 2 of such cars; and I tell you, it is all but fun when the troubles start. You’d do well to grab a pad and pen now, ‘cause these tips will be of great advantage to you!
@TheTopDriver (via twitter): – A musky smell (dealers will try and mask this with air-freshener).
Mud stains in car / water marks.
Ridiculously low price.

@fodewunmi (via twitter):- Signs of moisture in the car, engine and lights.
Mismatched parts (body-wise and interior).

/www.cartalk.com/- Water-logged seats, sea-scented fabrics and dampness.
Mineral deposits, discolouration, visible droplets of moisture.
Debris in the trunk / engine.
Heavy aroma of Lysol / disinfectant (to cover up mold / odour).
Check the vehicle history online via the VIN.
Water in the cylinder / oil chambers.
Excessive burning of oil and uneven running.
Transmission / gear-box issues.
Electrical and seat-belt issues.
Visible mold.

My experience with ‘flooded cars’:
Issues with the fuel injector.
Electronics may be faulty / work haphazardly e.g. head light failure, wipers working intermittently, some buttons on the dash may not work.
Moisture in and around the lights and dashboard.
Dirt / mud stains: these are very hard to wash off (I actually tried).
Power-steering issues.
Faulty gear selection (especially with manual cars).
Rust around the tire-wells, under the hood and other hidden places.

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