How to Salvage a Flood-Damaged Car

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Flood-damaged cars are usually an avoidable buy. You can clearly spot the damage that the car has sustained. However, if you own a car that has been damaged in a flood, then you can take steps to salvage the vehicle.

Assess the damage. Before you attempt any type of repair, see how bad the damage is. If the damage is going to cost more than the total worth of the car, then it is not salvageable.

Start by fixing the engine. This is the main concern with a flood-damaged vehicle. If there is water in the engine, then you should not drive it. Instead, have it towed to an engine repair shop.

Drain the transmission and oil pans of the flood damaged car. Once they have been drained, you can replace the oil and transmission fluid.

Allow the brake system to be dried and inspected. Brake fluid also needs to be replaced.

Give the interior of the car time to dry out. It is likely that a mildew smell will linger once it has dried. In this case, take the car to an upholstery repair shop. They can rip out the old material, dry it out and replace it.


  • check The severity of the flood damage can depend on how deeply the car was submerged and whether the windows were open during the time of the flood.


  • close It may not be worth trying to salvage a flood damaged car because of the amount of money that can go into fixing it. Insurance companies usually consider a flooded car a total loss.

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