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.