When Nature Gets Wild: How to Handle a Flood-Damaged Vehicle

It’s indeed one of the most hurting feelings. Seeing your hard-earned Chevy Corvette slowly submerging in deep flood and stacking with other cars is disastrous. And there you are, glaring through your window, helpless and weak, while the strong current overpowers your vehicle.

You’re probably thinking of giving them to a curbside pickup, but that car doesn’t deserve to be there. Here’s what you need to do to handle it.

Contact your insurance provider

Before you even sell that car to Atlanta junkyards buying junk cars, contact your insurance provider and see if you have coverage for flood damage. Typically, comprehensive insurance plans will cover flood damage, but liability plans will not. Call them as soon as possible to speed up the process.

Document the aftermath

As soon as the flood starts to subside, document the incident by taking pictures of it or writing down the damages. Showing your car to insurance providers or junkyards at its peak unpleasantness will help when it comes to determining how salvageable some of the damaged parts might be.

Let it dry

Open the doors and windows, let it dry, and bring it to a professional mechanic, if possible. Allow air to come inside to make sure it dries out quicker. Letting it sit in your garage will just result to further damage in the electrical components and other important parts. Do that car a favor and let the mechanics do the talking.

Scrap it

You might be running around in circles now in case the three tips above don’t work. When time comes when your car isn’t reusable anymore, a junkyard with signs of “We Buy Junk Cars” can help you make money out of it. In fact, some junkyards can still pay you reasonable amount, especially if you retain the rights to salvage the vehicle.

Floods can have a lasting impact on your possessions, and your vehicles tend to suffer most from the water damage. Take proper precautions and let the professionals take over to make sure you’ll get the best possible solution to your car problems.

About the Author

As a psychology professor at a university in Texas. Athrun also teaches at a personality development institute in the same state.