Did you get caught in the recent floods in Auckland and the North Island? If so, your car may have sustained some water damage and you may not even know it!
While some damage may be noticeable, many drivers may have assumed their car was unaffected and driven off, unaware that hidden damage could be present.
Water damage can lead to significant damage to a car’s interior, electrical systems, and even the engine if left unaddressed. To determine if your vehicle was impacted by the recent floods, follow this guide and checklist on how to spot water damage on your car.
1- Check for water stains: The first and most obvious sign of water damage is water stains on the upholstery, carpets, and other surfaces in the car’s interior or sometimes even the exterior of the car. It’s important to investigate this further as watermarks can often be a sign that there’s more damage elsewhere.
2- Look for signs of rust: Rust can be a common result of water damage in cars. Check the car’s underbody and frame for any signs of rust. Even if rust is currently only present in small amounts, it can spread, so make sure you take any sign of rust seriously.
3- Smell the air: If you suspect water damage, take a sniff of the air inside the car. A musty, damp odour is a sure sign that water has seeped into the vehicle’s interior.
4- Check the electrical systems: Lights, radio, and other electrical components can malfunction from water damage. If you notice any electrical issues, it’s best to have the car inspected by a mechanic.
5- Look for signs of mould: Mould thrives in moist environments, so if water has entered your car, it can quickly lead to mould growth. Look for any signs of mould on fabric seats and carpets.
If you suspect that your vehicle has suffered water damage, it’s best to have it inspected by a professional. A qualified local mechanic will be able to assess the extent of the damage and recommend the best course of action to repair your car.