RACQ issue a warning about flood-affected vehicles for sale

IN THE WAKE of recent storms in the south-east, the State's peak motoring body has warned prospective car buyers to be wary of flood-affected vehicles on the market.

RACQ executive manager technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said anyone considering purchasing a used car this weekend needed to do their homework.

"We're expecting to see more and more flood-damaged cars on the second-hand market with people opting to sell up rather than repair their cars," Mr Spalding said.

"If you are purchasing a second-hand car, particularly through a private sale, you need to do the proper check.

"Driving a car that's been affected by water can be very risky, especially if mechanical components have been engulfed. Water in the transmission can affect oils and lead to expensive failures."

Mr Spalding said there were hundreds of cars affected by the recent flood waters that inundated the south-east.

"While there may not be many outward signs of water damage it doesn't mean there aren't problems with vehicle," he said.

"If water reaches the car's interior, it could affect complex electrical systems commonly found in late model vehicles, such as engine management, transmission operation and other major systems." Mr Spalding said it was important to have cars you want to purchase to be checked by a professional mechanic.


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