Beware of Flood-Damaged Vehicles from the United States

Are you looking to buy a road vehicle from the United States? Make sure that is has not been damaged by flooding.

Following the recent hurricanes that hit the United States, many new and used vehicles have been damaged by water. After such an event, these vehicles are usually declared “unrebuildable” and dismantled for certain parts to be recycled. However, some vehicles may slip through the cracks and be brought across the border to be sold in Québec.

A flood-damaged vehicle represents a safety risk for its occupants because its main systems may no longer function properly (engine, transmission, brakes, electronic equipment and air bags).  In addition, occupants may develop health problems caused by the growth of mould and bacteria in the vehicle’s absorbent materials (fabric, foam, etc.).

It is also important to be aware of the fact that flood damage to a vehicle voids the manufacturer's warranty.

Before buying a vehicle, do some research to make sure that it has not been damaged by flooding (inspection, signs of flooding, checking its history online, etc.).

For more information: Flood-Damaged Road Vehicles