Detecting Water Damage
The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) offers 10 inspection tips that may be used to detect significant water damage. While these inspection suggestions
will not detect flood damage in every case, they do provide some information that may help to protect consumers
from purchasing a vehicle damaged by water or flood. Mechanics at dealerships or repair shops can also be helpful in inspecting used vehicles.
To identify vehicles that have flood damage, as well as stolen or salvaged vehicles, check the
National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Database.
NICB's VINCheck is a service provided to the public to assist in determining if a vehicle has been reported as stolen,
but not recovered, or has been reported as a salvage vehicle by cooperating NICB members. To perform a search a
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is required. A maximum of five VINCheck searches can be conducted within a 24 hour period.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has provided two great articles on protecting yourself and for spotting water damaged vehicles: