Gap in the window molding, then trickles down the pillar where it sits until it eats its way through. Because windshield moldings invariably leak at the gap in their molding, the A-pillars (the front pillars) are particularly susceptible to this type of rust damage. This type of damage is so expensive to repair that it may cost more to fix than the vehicle is worth.
Lift up the floor mats or carpeting inside the vehicle. Do they smell moldy? Are there signs of water damage or rust stains. Is there standing water underneath the mats of carpeting? If the water smells like antifreeze, the heater core may be leaking. Water from outside gets into the car’s interior through holes in the firewall. There are holes for the brake and clutch pedal linkage rods, the accelerator cable, the shift cables, the heater core hoses, the air conditioning evaporator lines and the large wiring harnesses that connect the engine compartment to the wiring under the dash. These holes are usually insulated by rubber grommets which crack and dry out with age and sometimes fall out. Or they’re incorrectly installed upon completion of some service procedure. A wet and/or rusted floor can also occur if the vehicle has been flooded. In the case of flooding, look for the high-water mark on the trim panels. If it’s halfway up the door trim panels, chances are the damage is more extensive, and more serious, than mere rust. The engine management computer, power window motors, power seat motors, shift lock systems and other electrical devices and systems are often located on the floor, in the console or in the kick panels in front of the front doors. If you find evidence of water damage from flooding, you’ll need to inspect these devices, or have them checked out by your mechanic, before giving the car a clean bill of health. But the bottom line here is this: If you see any place(s) where the metal is rusted completely through the floor, take this into consideration before making your final decision to buy this car.
Look inside the trunk. Look for standing water or rust stains underneath the mats or carpets. They’re often the result of a rear-ender that was never repaired properly or flood damage.
Tip: Rust is often repaired by replacing body panels or installing “patch” panels, i.e. partial panels that are welded into place. If you find evidence of panel replacement, make sure your search for rust is extra thorough and includes floor panels and frame.
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