"Vehicles today have countless numbers of modules for computers and carpets and insulation underneath them will hold the water, Roberts said. “It takes time to start showing issues.”
Other ways of spotting water damage are to check the air filter and the engine oil for signs of water and discoloration, as well as excessive corrosion.
Basso warns those buying cars to be aware of the possible risks to their safety that a water-damaged vehicle could pose.
"Even the safety systems like your airbags and anti-lock brakes can be compromised, and that essentially turns your car into a ticking time bomb," Basso said.