”The rash started on his ankles, and it took us months to realize that he had a fungal infection. Then we found mold growing in the carpet of his SUV and thanks to your information, we used the essential oils products as suggested, and got rid of the mold. Now, his fungal infection is gone too.” ~ as told by Dr. Close
Water-damaged vehicles, flooded vehicles, and even vehicles that have been cleaned but the carpets have not been dried properly can all be infested with mold, sometimes toxic mold.
Our cars, trucks, SUVs, in fact any vehicle provides an opportunity for high levels of exposure to mold in short periods of time, and over long periods of time when we travel frequently or take long trips.
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There are numerous areas of the United States, and around the world, that are flooded every year. Research shows that many water-damaged vehicles end up being sold in the used car market. So how can you protect yourself from buying a vehicle that may have been flooded or water-damaged? Learn more about Getting the Mold Out.
The following article by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) highlights the problem with flooded vehicles making their way to the used car market, and also offers tips on how to avoid buying a flood-damaged car.
Tips to Avoid Buying a “Flooded Car”
NEW YORK, April 23, 2007 — The deluge from last week’s Nor’easter not only means extensive flooding to homes but to cars as well. Unfortunately, many of these vehicles could be purchased by dishonest auto dealers, cleaned up and then sold, with their flood damage history illegally hidden, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
Unscrupulous salvage operators and dealers often try to conceal the fact that the vehicles they are selling have been damaged by a natural disaster, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB home page).
To prevent this type of fraudulent resale of cars to unsuspecting consumers around the country, the NICB home page has been helping law enforcement groups and insurance companies identify and catalogue vehicles damaged by these types of disasters.
“By creating a registry of damaged vehicles that consumers can access when purchasing a used car, the potential for this type of fraud can be greatly reduced,” said Robert M. Bryant, president and CEO of the NICB.
The NICB compiles a database of vehicles affected by such storms, which offers a free search of any car’s vehicle identification number (VIN), so used-car buyers can learn more about the history of the car and whether it has been involved in a claim related to flood damage. It usually takes several months before the flooded cars get into the market. Consumers who suspect a car has been flooded can access this service from the NICB home page.
“To avoid inadvertently purchasing a flood-damaged car, it is important that you only buy a used car from a reputable dealer, have a certified mechanic look for flood damage and check the car’s VIN number,” noted Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and consumer spokesperson for the I.I.I.
The I.I.I. suggests you be on the lookout for the following indicators that a car may have been flooded:
- Mildew, debris and silt in places where it wouldn’t normally be found, such as under the carpeting in the trunk, or around
the engine compartment
- Rust on screws and other metal parts
- Water stains or faded upholstery; discoloration of seat belts and door panels
- Dampness in the floor and carpeting; moisture on the inside of the instrument panel
- A moldy odor or an intense smell of Lysol or deodorizer being used to cover up an odor problem
If you suspect that your local car dealer is committing fraud by knowingly selling “flooded cars” as regular used cars, contact their insurance company, local law enforcement agency or the NICB at 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422).
Cars damaged by flooding, fire or wind are covered under the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy.
PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE AND YOUR HEALTH
You can eliminate mold inside your vehicle, by diffusing the essential oil blend Thieves continuously for 12 hours inside the vehicle with all the windows closed.
When cleaning carpets and upholstery, be sure to use the Thieves Household Cleaner that contains that same essential oil blend. Vacuum up all excess moisture, leave windows and doors open, and do not close the vehicle until carpets have dried completely. After materials have dried, diffuse the essential oil blend Thieves for 24 hours continuously to protect your vehicle and your health.
How to get mold out of your car:
• use the Thieves essential oil in a TheraPro Premium Diffuser
• set up the diffuser in your car, run an extension cord out to the car, plug it in
• put a bottle of Thieves essential oil into the diffuser
• let the diffuser run over night
• in the morning, start-up your car and turn the AC on low (not on the coolest temp), leave the car and diffuser running for an hour
• after an hour shut car and diffuser off, open windows and let the car air out
• vacuum and wipe clean all surfaces and windows with Thieves Household Cleaner (using the light degreasing dilution of this concentrated cleaner).
You may repeat this procedure every so often to prevent the mold from coming back. This maintenance procedure depends on a number of conditions (your climate, humidity, etc.)
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