Posted on: 10/01/2014
A flood damaged car can be a nightmare to salvage. But in the recent bad weather that has swept the nation, flood damage has become a reality for many, and ruined hundreds of cars.
"That would never happen to me"
This is what many people would have thought while watching the news over the Christmas break. Images of cars stranded in deep water, and underground car parks fully flooded, littered our television screens as we suffered the wettest winter weather in recent years.
For those largely unaffected, it has been a chance to brush up on some surfing. But for everyone who has faced the reality of a flood damaged car, it's been at best a nuisance, or at worst a catastrophe.
Almost any flood damaged car can be repaired, as long as enough time and money is spent on it. However for the average car, there are some definite limitations on the extent of repairs that can be carried out before the task becomes uneconomical.
In most cases, if the water level has exceeded the lower edges of the doors and has made its way into the interior, the vehicle will probably not be economical to repair. However for many people, in the short term at least, a wet car that runs and is safe to drive will be better than no car at all.
The following information will guide you through the steps to see if your flood damaged car can be saved:
1. Dry if possible
Take immediate steps to dry the vehicle as much as possible so as to reduce the length of time the vehicle components are exposed to water.
2. Check oils for contamination
Start by checking oils for contamination. If you find that the levels appear very high i.e. engines and transmissions appear over-full, there is a fair chance that water has entered.
3. Look for debris
If there is nothing to suggest that water has entered mechanical components, have a general look around for debris that may have become trapped in the engine compartment and under body, and remove it as required. Watch also for wildlife that may have taken refuge in the vehicle, particularly in the cam belt area, and remove as necessary.
4. Take her for a spin...carefully
If the engine can safely be started, try a short drive, test the brakes (at low speed first) and look and listen. If nothing is evident, it’s probably okay to drive, but there's one last thing we'd strongly advise you to do...
5. Visit your local mechanic
Really, a flood damaged car should be taken to a garage or mechanic for a thorough check. That way, you can rest easy.
If your flood damaged car is beyond saving, or indeed, has suffered anyother problem that has lead to it being written off, we can help. At Recycle Motors, we'll pay you to take your car directly from your home to the scrapyard. No vehicle is refused, regardless of the damage.
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