Cars damaged by floods often show up on used car lots. Learn how to spot flood-damaged vehicles before purchasing a used car, especially in the the post-flood market of Pensacola. Did you know that more than 40,000 vehicles were "lost" (AKA flooded, damaged, written off, totalled) by the recent flooding in Pensacola? That means you are one of at least 40,000 who are now in the market for vehicles... And this also means that dealers are going to have to find enough cars to sell!



It's not impossible to find an awesome car right now, simply be cautious when shopping for a Used Car in Pensacola. Here are some tips on spotting flood and water damage in vehicles...


Buy only from a reputable dealer.
You're more likely to get the truth about a vehicle's past life from a reputable dealer.

Ask the dealer if the vehicle has been flood damaged.
Whatever the answer, get it in writing with the bill of sale if you buy the car.

Ask to see the title.
If you think the vehicle was damaged in a flood and the title is not stamped "Salvage" or "Flood," ask for the car's history to see if it came from a state that recently experienced flooding.

Find out how extensive the flood damage was.
In some cases, the damage cars sustain in a flood is serious, but if a car has sustained only minor flood damage, it can still be a good used car.

Look for obvious signs of damage.
?Check for dried mud or rust in the glove compartment, trunk, under the dashboard, seats and carpet. Look for discolored, faded or stained upholstery or carpeting. If the carpeting fits loosely or the color does not match the interior, it may have been replaced because the vehicle was flood damaged. ?Check the instrument panel to see that all gauges are working properly. ?Check on the outside of the engine, inside garnish moldings and "kick plates” and inside the rear compartment or trunk for a distinguishing water line to see how deep the car was submerged.

Get in it and turn the ignition key.
Make sure that accessory and warning lights and gauges come on and work properly. Make sure the airbag and ABS lights come on. Test lights (interior and exterior), windshield wipers, turn signals, cigarette lighter, radio, heater and air conditioner several times to make sure they work. Flex some of the wires beneath the dashboard. Wet wires will become brittle upon drying and may crack. Take a deep breath and smell for musty odors from mildew.

Find out what kind of water damaged the vehicle.
Ask if the car was flood damaged by salt or fresh water. Salt water is more corrosive and can cause more serious damage.

Have a professional inspect the vehicle.
Take the vehicle to a trusted mechanic to be checked for any signs of flood damage. Spending a little extra time to thoroughly check out a used car before you buy it can save you a great deal of money in the long run.
Check the trunk, glove compartment, the dashboard and below the seats for signs of water damage such as silt, mud or rust.

Ask to see a vehicle history report. Anderson Subaru offers a VIN history report and service safety inspection report on all used vehicles.


If you were in the market before the flood this week, or now you are forced to be in the market, Anderson Subaru can help. We will get you in a car that is free of water damage! If you or someone you know needs a car, truck, or SUV, visit our website to see what we have in inventory. Call for the latest pricing or visit us at 7050 Pensacola Blvd.

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