Jason David Simpson of Arizona: Tips on Spotting Flood-Damaged Vehicles

Jason Simpson of AZ owns New Deal Used Cars in Glendale, one of the largest independently owned used car dealerships in Arizona.

Used car prices are expected to increase slightly in the months following Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed at least 250,000 used cars. Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed over 300,000 vehicles, caused a 3 percent increase in used car prices. Those currently in the market for a used car should be aware that many flood-damaged cars appeared in lots across the country following Hurricane Katrina.

To avoid purchasing a flood-damaged car, begin your search at a reputable dealership. Thoroughly inspect the car before buying, though obvious signs of damage have probably been removed. Good places to check for water damage are the engine compartment, which is difficult to clean, and under the seats, for rusted metal parts. The smell of mold or mildew is a sure sign of flood damage. If you need a second opinion, you can always take the vehicle in question to a mechanic for a professional inspection.

From the Desk of Jason David Simpson: About ASE-Certified Mechanics

Founded in 1972, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a nonprofit organization that promotes high quality vehicle service and repair by providing testing and certification services for automotive professionals. Currently, more than 350,000 automotive professionals have earned ASE certification.

While most ASE-certified professionals are approved as automobile technicians, ASE also certifies specialties such as service consultants, engine performance specialists, repair and refinishing technicians, collision damage estimators, truck technicians, machinists, natural gas technicians, bus technicians, and parts specialists.

ASE offers more than 40 certification tests, as well as instructor-led or self-directed training programs and helpful study guides and practice tests. Many vocational schools and community colleges offer ASE-approved training.

New Deal Used Cars, Arizona’s largest independent used car dealer, serves customers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Goodyear, Chandler, Peoria, Glendale, and across the state. As owner of the dealership, Jason Simpson ensures that all technicians in the service department are ASE-certified.