Now that the imminent threat of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are over, folks are trying to piece together their lives. Some lost everything, including their cars. In today’s Buckle up with Bucka, I’ll show you what you should look out for before purchasing that new car.
In the wake of a flood or hurricane, the last thing most people want to worry about is their car, but the cliché stands,buyers beware.
April Kleinpeter says be mindful that there are flooded vehicles out there right now. After last years august flood the state of Louisiana took action. Kleinpeter says “in the state of Louisiana the affidavit that we have to sign is water above the door so any water that has reached the carpet in our eyes is considered a flood damaged vehicle.”
General Manager, April Kleinpeter, for the Courtesy Group in Breaux Bridge says do your research “if you’re the market for a new or used car.” She says check the trunk check the under carriage open the hood see if the car has a smell a moldy smell and if the car smells too good, then something might be up with that too before purchasing anything.”
Kleinpeter urges to shop with a reputable dealership and says customers should demand to see a vehicle report such as car fax. Make sure that if that vehicle had any damage check what type of damage its had what the extent of the damage was and then you could make your decision from there.
She warns if you do decide on a car that’s had water damage be mindful of the long lasting effects it could have on the vehicle. Kleinpeter says the warning sings may not show up over night but in the long run they can be a safety hazard.