Hurricane Florence Flood Damaged Vehicle: What Are Your Options?
Hurricane Florence swept through the southeast in September, dropping more than 8 trillion gallons of rain in North Carolina alone. Some areas received more than 50 inches of rain, and flood damage has been extensive.
For evacuees returning home, they may find that their vehicle has been impacted by flooding. It can be tough to know what to do or where to start when dealing with a flood damaged vehicle. Is it salvageable? Should you take it in to the shop? Is that even necessary? And if it refuses to start, does that mean you should just sell it as a junk car?
We’ve put together this quick blog post to explain how to evaluate the damage of your flooded vehicle, along with some information on what your next steps might be. Keep reading to learn more.
What Constitutes Flood Damage?
To some extent, brief exposure to excessive amounts of water is something your vehicle can handle. But when the water level rises for a sustained amount of time, your car can suffer flood damage. When you look inside a flood damaged vehicle, you’ll typically see a water line marking how high the water level reached inside the vehicle. In this case, it’s safe to assume that the vehicle was flooded.
How to Evaluate Your Flood Damage Car
First things first: don’t hop in your car and try to start it up. It may be tempting to cross your fingers and turn the key just to see if you can get it to start, but that would be a mistake.
Particularly in coastal areas, flood water is often a mixture of freshwater (from the rain) and saltwater from the ocean. Saltwater is highly corrosive, and starting a flooded car could potentially circulate the flood water through the internal parts of your engine and other vehicle systems. This is the last thing you want to do.
If there’s a low flood line visible inside your vehicle, it may be possible to remove, dismantle, and clean certain parts of your vehicle. This is necessary in the case of saltwater flooding, as the salt has to be removed from internal parts so that it doesn’t eventually lead to rust formation. If your vehicle was fully submerged in water for an extended period of time, however, the odds of being able to clean individual parts and get it back into running order are slim.
If in doubt, you can have your car towed to a mechanic and get them to evaluate the damage. If your vehicle can’t be fixed, you’ll obviously need to sell it.
Selling a Flood Damaged Junk Car
When it comes to selling a flood damaged car, it can be difficult to find a private buyer. And, of course, a dealership isn’t even going to give you the time of day. Fortunately, Rusty’s Auto Salvage is here to help. You can sell us your junk car for major cash, no matter where you’re located. Call us today at (888) 309-1069 to get started!
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