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Beware of flood damaged vans

16th August 2012, Page 41
16th August 2012
Page 41
Page 41, 16th August 2012 — Beware of flood damaged vans
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Following a spate of floods across the UK, Manheim Remarketing is asking vendors to declare any flood damage and for buyers to be aware

Words: Kevin Swallow

MANHEIM Remarketing is warning van buyers to beware of lood-damaged vehicles being entered into auctions.

Head of CVs James Davis says a vendor’s reputation can be at stake, so it is critical vehicles are not sold without making buyers aware of its past.

“Vendors should declare lood damage on a vehicle before a sale and talk to their auction supplier for advice before marketing the vehicle. Depending on its age, a manufacturer’s warranty could be invalidated by looding. A looddamaged vehicle should be considered as an insurance claim, not an opportunity to pass on damaged vehicles to an unsuspecting buyer,” he says.

If a vehicle has been driven into a serious lood, water can overcome the manifold, causing the engine to hydraulic lock. This may require a total replacement depending on the revs at which the engine was operating at the time of the incident. “If a replacement engine or new steel wheels have been itted, this could be a clue to its recent past,” he advises. ■

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