Beware of Flood-Damaged Vehicles

September 9th, 2021 by

If you are in the market for a pre-owned vehicle you need to beware of flood-damaged vehicles. New vehicle shortages have increased used car demand. Kia Country does not sell flood-damaged vehicles. Our Kia Trained and Certified technicians know how to spot flood damage and/or a coverup and all vehicles that are traded in go through a rigorous inspection. We also buy cars at auction to stock our pre-owned inventory. By law, the auction must declare flood damage and we will not buy those cars.

Federal law requires that flood damage be disclosed on a title. Using a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), you can locate this information. We provide a complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report on every pre-owned vehicle we sell. Our Kia Certified Pre-owned (CPO) vehicles offer even more protection and a like-new warranty.


Here are some ways that you can protect yourself:

  • Buy from a reputable dealer
  • Make sure a used vehicle is inspected by a certified technician before you purchase
  • Avoid cars with musty or mildew odors
  • Look for moisture, water stains, and/or debris in head/tail lights, in seating crevices, under the carpet, and in the trunk and wheel wells.
  • Look for rust or corrosion under the hood

If your vehicle sustains flood damage, please contact us. Some flood damage can be repaired and restored. We work with trusted partners for upholstery and carpet cleaning and odor elimination. In addition, we will be happy to:

  • Answer your questions
  • Perform complimentary multi-point inspections
  • Help to navigate insurance claims
  • Work with insurance adjusters
  • Assist with transitions to new vehicles