Posted on 07/01/22

Is It Possible To Salvage A Flood Damaged Car

Is It Possible To Salvage A Flood Damaged Car

Floods can cause damage to property and personal possessions. People's vehicles can retain water and sustain damage, making it difficult to feel hopeful about their loss.

Flooding can cause vehicle damage

There are many cosmetic and mechanical damages that can happen to a vehicle, whether it is a car, truck, or van if it is submerged in water.

  • Exterior color fading or rusting
  • Mold growth around soft and hard surfaces such as seats.
  • Footwells clogged with mud
  • Water can contaminate spark plugs, wires, and other electrical parts
  • A strong, musty smell emanates from the interior
  • Engine damage

If not managed properly, these effects can become more severe and dangerous over time. These effects can be dangerous for you as well as others who ride or drive in your car.

What to do if your car is damaged

Have a professional, experienced company inspect your car before you start it. Vehicles that have suffered engine, transmission, or electrical damage are dangerous. You should not assume that you can identify and/or fix problems caused by flood damage unless you are an auto mechanic.

You can find an experienced inspector by word of mouth. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors if they have ever hired them. You can also search online for inspectors in the area if this fails. But don't choose the cheapest. Review the work of other customers to ensure that the person or company has the right licenses and certifications.

There are options for flood-damaged cars

Consider your options depending on the extent and type of damage. Cosmetic problems are easy to fix and inexpensive, but electrical fixtures and engine problems are more complicated and costly. You can repair almost any damage done to your vehicle. It's up to the customer to decide if it's worth it.

You can bring your vehicle to a mechanic if the damage is not severe. To determine the amount of repair that will be covered, check your insurance policy. If you don't have insurance, the cost of more serious damage could run into the thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars. It may be worth it to sell your vehicle and buy a new one. These are some tips to keep in mind if you decide to sell your car to an auto salvage yard.

  • You will probably sell the car for a lot less than what you paid originally because it is damaged.
  • To sell the vehicle to a salvage company, you will need its title. Some businesses may also need your driver's license or other documents.
  • If you disassemble your vehicle yourself, some companies will pay more. If you have not worked with automobiles before, we don't recommend it.
  • If you are not allowed to drive the vehicle after inspection, arrange for a tow truck or auto transporter to take it to the salvage yard.
  • Before you hand the vehicle over, remove all personal items as well as any accessories (e.g. GPS, stereo system, license plates).