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  • Beware of the drowned car!!!

    Considering tsunami consequences in Japan, on the worldwide markets of second-hand cars the probability to buy a car delivered from the country of a rising sun after its "bathing" has sharply increased.

    Of course, the distributor before selling will try to eliminate consequences of such "bathing". Electrical equipment, salon and main components will be dried and unpleasant smells of dampness will be interrupted by natural aromas air fresheners. And, quite possibly, the replacement of all operational liquids will be made.

    But full elimination of consequences of drowning is impossible. To eliminate all of the consequences of «drowned car» you'll need to disassemble the whole car till the last nut, dry it well, clean, grease and assemble it. It is not difficult to realize that such operations cost will be comparable to the price of the new car.

    At the same time, some tags of drowned car can be easily found out. For example some of the power outages can be the sign of a “wet-car”: the onboard computer, the accumulator, the central lock, car-blinkers, electro adjustments of armchairs etc. can work incorrectly. Also look for some damages in heater. After water influenced the car the leather on armchairs hardens, and a rust can appear on some of metal parts of your car.


    Smudges can appear on the leather-part of your doors, and on the interior plastic parts, under the floor upholstery and under the rubber seals of windows moisture can be detected. Traces of water may also be presented in the headlamps (smudges appears) and rear lights (condensate appears). From water influence optics reflectors grow turbid, the instrument panel from the inside mists over. And, of course, “drowning” can negatively affect main-engine work what appears in its rough work on idling and during test runs.