There are over 212,000 cars on the road today in the US that have reported flood damage. Two thirds of flooded cars (133,173) can be found in just 10 states.
- Texas currently has over 30,000 flood vehicles–more than any other state.
- Next up is New Jersey with more than 28,600
- Pennsylvania has more than 13,000 flooded cars
- Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Illinois have more than 9,000 each
- Florida has 8,800
- Mississippi and Virginia round out the top 10 with more than 7,000 of flooded cars in operation
Tips for spotting a flooded car:
- Check hardware for silt, mud or rust in the trunk, glove compartment, dashboard, or below the seats.
- Look for loosely-fitting and discolored upholstery and carpeting. Check to see if anything doesn’t match or is loose, which may indicate that carpeting or cloth has been replaced.
- Water can short out electrical connections. Test the windshield wipers, turn signal lights, break lights, radio, internal lights, heater and air-conditioner to be sure they work.
- Check for warning lights to make sure ABS and airbag lights turn on.
- Smell for a musty odor in the interior or the trunk.
- Flex the wires beneath dashboard to see if they’re brittle or cracked from drying out.
- Get an inspection from a trusted mechanic BEFORE you hand over money. A car is a big investment, so it’s worth this modest expense.
- Check for flood damaged cars for FREE at flood.carfax.com
Hurricane Sandy in 2012 left more than a quarter million flooded cars on the East Coast. Still, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma resulted in an incredible 600,000 flooded cars in their wake.
A CARFAX customer wrote us to say:
“My parents got burned last year by purchasing a used car they did not know was flooded. The car looked immaculalte and had no signs of flood until the electrical system and transmission failed. This was a horrible experience and cost my parents a lot of money.” Rich C., Virginia