Better Call Jackson: How to spot a used car that’s been flooded

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, photo shows flooded cars near the Addicks Reservoir as floodwaters from Harvey rose in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Consumers need to take extra steps to avoid buying a used car that has a string of hidden problems.

According to, there are 5,000 flooded cars currently in Ohio. Those numbers will go up because of hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

“If you reach under the seat for example and feel the carpet underneath the seats you can find mildew, mold things like that can indicate it’s been submerged,” said Chris Cozad of Alternative Auto. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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