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#1 (permalink) Old 07-21-2004, 04:01 PM
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Have any of you guys heard of buying or bought a car from an insurance website. I've found some nice cars and this M3 looks good and runs and they said it doesn't stink from the flood. I just got rear ended in my modified civic, its totalled and that was my baby so now I'm tryin to figure out what to do with no credit. This is the car let me kno what you think and what I should offer. Thanks
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There are many considerations with a flood damaged vehicle beyond the obvious interior condition. Internal damage or moister in on board computers, water inside motor, transmission. Then there's the fact the car will always show up in a car fax document as a flood damaged vehicle likely. That means many dealers won't trade for it at all, you are basically going to have to sell as an individual, etc...

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I shouldn't buy that car because it has hidden damage perhaps......... What about rust?

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Well... this all depends on how much it will cost you... I'd ask what they are looking for. If they wont provide you with that info, don't make a redicuious sugestion and keep incrimenting up untill they say "ok", because then they will push their luck with you to see how much you will be willing to pay, you don't want them to really know that

If you can visit the car, that would be best. Jack it up and look at the undercarrage.


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ok here is the scoop.
im considering this too. and i have a friend that does the auction thiong so he knows. 95% of the time, the flood damage is pathetic, these peopel will lik edrive through say... 8 or so inches of water, the muffler is submerged, they drive home fine and then call the insurwnce company like i just drove through a flood, and get a hook up, some of them seriously manage to stal, if it were say a stick, and the muffler may be flooded. then the car has trouble starting again because all that water is backed up in the exhaust.

99%of the time the engine itself and most of the interior doesnt take in any water at all. way to tell after its been sittin in the auction lot for a few days, go lift up the floor mats, feel all around the carpet, trunk too, is it damp, hmm, if it is be careful, most times it wont be, ruber seals around the doors remember. then start the engine, sometimes if it went into enough water they wont start, what my peeps do, is pop that hiid with a hair drier, most time its just a wet ignition system, im not to sure how that works with the moderen car tho. sometimes they idle funny, because there may be a lttle water in the wrong place. but for the most part, look inside the trunk and engine bay and the cabin, look for water marks, these are tell tall signs of how deep the flood was. if they already cleaned it up, i dont recomend buying it unless they can prove to you that the water wasnt high.

like eg. this 330i i asked my boy to check it out, it was cheap but look at all them water marks, not good, sure enough it starts but it idles funny, this one it seems was in some descent water.




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This one however, is an extreme, but nice example of something you obviously DO NOT want to even look at. check it out...







hope that helps you determine what your dealing with.

also some states consider a flood damamged vehicle as a salvage, some dont so just keep in mind that resale, value is cut by half with a salvage title, and in some cases the value. in big cities tho, it seem sto matter less, since more peopel there seem to NEED a car than say in the suburbs.

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