How to Identify Flood-Damaged Cars in Dubai’s Used Car Market

As fears mount about flood-damaged cars inundating the used car market, experts offer crucial insights on how buyers can safeguard themselves against purchasing a vehicle with hidden water damage. From rusty components to suspicious odors, here’s a guide to spotting potential issues before committing to a purchase.

Adam Whitnall, CEO of Drive Ninja, highlights the importance of thoroughly inspecting the underside of a vehicle for signs of rust, particularly around suspension parts and wheels. He emphasizes that rust in unexpected areas could indicate previous water exposure.

Glenn Power, co-founder of PowerWorks garage, suggests paying attention to unusual smells inside the car, such as dampness or mustiness, which could indicate water damage. Conversely, an overpowering scent of air freshener might be a red flag that the seller is attempting to mask odors associated with flood damage.

One of the primary concerns with flood-damaged cars is the potential damage to electrical systems. Whitnall advises buyers to thoroughly test the car’s lights, windows, radio, and speakers to ensure they are functioning correctly.

Power stresses the importance of seeking an independent assessment from a reputable garage before finalizing a purchase. He highlights a case where flood damage was detected through a visual inspection of tide marks inside the headlights, prompting the garage to advise against buying the car.

While the prospect of flood-damaged cars entering the market is concerning, Whitnall believes it won’t become a widespread issue. He reassures buyers that with diligent inspection and precautionary measures, they can minimize the risk of purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle in Dubai’s used car market.

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