Carfax Warns of Flood-Damaged Cars

By Staff Writer September 09, 2020

Annual Carfax data shows that 446,836 flood-damaged cars are on the roads in 2020, and that number is expected to rise in Hurricane Laura’s wake. Carfax data suggests Laura potentially damaged as many as 5,000 vehicles. Texas leads the nation in flood-damaged cars, but Carfax research shows these vehicles show up in states where flooding might not be top of mind for car shoppers.

Vehicles reported as flood damaged by entities such as Departments of Motor Vehicles or insurance companies are in use in every state.

These 10 states have the most, and all of them have seen an increase since 2019:

1.  Texas – 98,400                  +13%

 

 6.   Illinois – 17,800                    +14%

 

 2.  Florida – 31,300                 +8%

 7.   New Jersey – 14,500            +15%

 3.  Kentucky – 26,400             +6%

 8.   Louisiana – 14,000               +22%

 4.  Pennsylvania – 23,400       +18%

 9.   California – 12,400                +10%

 5.  North Carolina – 19,300     +3%

 10. South Carolina – 12,000       +13

 

List of seven telltale signs of flooding:

  1. A musty odor in the interior, which sellers sometimes try to cover with a strong air-freshener
  2. Upholstery or carpeting that may be loose, new, stained or doesn’t seem to match the rest of the interior
  3. Damp carpets
  4. Rust around doors, under the dashboard, on the pedals or inside the hood and trunk latches
  5. Mud or silt in the glove compartment or under the seats
  6. Brittle wires under the dashboard
  7. Fog or moisture beads in the interior lights, exterior lights or instrument panel
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