The extent of impact from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma continue to be felt and this time, second-hand car buyers in Utah may find it more difficult to snag a good vehicle.
The storms have flooded an estimated one million cars in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. According to Carfax, more than 325,000 flooded vehicles have been in use in 2017. However, these figures exclude vehicles that were submerged during the hurricanes.
Perhaps the best thing that used car buyers can do to avoid buying flood-damaged vehicles require them to take it to an auto mechanic.
You should consider bringing the car for inspections to check for any damages on engine and brakes. In Salt Lake City, certifiedauto.info and other experts noted that all sellers should allow you to do so. Otherwise, it is a red flag that you should look for other dealers.
Aside from engine and brakes, you should watch out for water stains, mold and rusty metal on the inside, which is unusual. If you suspect that you are buying a flooded car, take note of any recent work such as a new coat of paint to confirm your suspicion.
Buying New Instead?
You might think that the hassle of going through all of this makes buying a new car more efficient, especially the electric ones. As gas prices increase, you might think you will save more money when planning to buy a new vehicle.
Before doing so, take note that the Utah Department of Transportation’s plan to tax drivers based on mileage. A pilot project may begin in 2018 that will seek a new tax system, which will be an alternative to the gas tax.
Second-hand cars are a great option for those that want to save money instead of buying a new vehicle. However, you could end up paying more than you expect when you mistakenly buy a damaged unit if you are not careful.