I just bought a car from a dealership (2013 Accord 2.4L) and I noticed today that there was sand residue near and around the engine. I was changing spark plugs today and also noticed dry powerdy sand when I lifted the engine cover. Should I be worried that It was a flood car? There were no other signs of a flood damage and the title was clean with one previous owner. Could it just be dirt?

This is the spark plug covers:

This below the engine

  • Take it back and Demand a full refund, it is a FLOOD vehicle, don't take No for an answer! This is against the law to sell flood vehicles without telling you they are, sue them if needed.
    – Moab
    Jun 18, 2017 at 4:26
  • Really? I didn't see any other signs of flooding. What else should I look for before actually going to the dealership?
    – Noah
    Jun 18, 2017 at 13:11
  • Also makes me think. If they were trying to pass it off as non-flooded vehicle, these areas are easy to spot.
    – Noah
    Jun 18, 2017 at 13:58

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Maybe, maybe not. This could just be dust accumulation that has not been (steam) cleaned off properly. A general clean only does the easiest bits, a detail cleaning goes much further.

  • What about the dry dirt near the spark plug covers?
    – Noah
    Jun 18, 2017 at 13:20
  • What about the dry dirt?
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 18, 2017 at 13:41
  • Do you think that could've been due to a flood? I did change the spark plugs and one of them had caramel looking fluid. Fuel? Not sure
    – Noah
    Jun 18, 2017 at 13:52
  • Re-read my answer
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 18, 2017 at 14:19
  • I checked under the carpets, under the dashboard, glove box, under the hood, air filter, trunk, moisture residues, etc...I found nothing so far. Where else do you think I should look? Sorry for asking so many questions. I spent a lot on this and will definitely sue this dealership if it was.
    – Noah
    Jun 18, 2017 at 14:29

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