Has Flooding Created a Junk Car


Sell Junk Cars in Sacramento, CA

In recent years, we’ve seen a major increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes here in the United States. 2017 was a particularly rough year, and cities all along the coast experienced flood events.


Hurricanes can be incredibly scary, particularly with their incredibly high winds. It’s not just the winds that can cause damage, though: the flood waters that often accompany these storms can wreak havoc on personal property, including cars.


If you have a vehicle that’s suffered damage as the result of a flood, you might be wondering how to assess that damage. Is your vehicle officially a junk car? If so, should you simply sell your junk car rather than trying to repair the damage?


This is a complicated topic to tackle. We’ve put together this blog post to try to walk you through the process of assessing your vehicle.


Flood Damage to a Car


First things first. Before you go any further, take a moment to characterize the type of damage your vehicle experienced:


  • Was your car completely submerged under water?
  • What level did the water reach?
  • What type of flood water was it?


This last question is particularly important. In many instances — especially around coastal areas — flood water is incredibly salty. You’ve probably seen what salt can do to a vehicle in an area where the roads are salted every winter: the salt slowly eats away at the car, particularly on the undercarriage and around the tires. Well, the same is true of saltwater if your vehicle sat in it for some time.


The remnants of salt may not cause damage to the outside of your car, but little bits of salt may have become deposited in the various parts of your engine and other areas under the hood. Over time, the exposure to salt water can result in these parts beginning to rust and corrode. It doesn’t take a ton of rust or corrosion on a sensitive, delicate engine part to effectively cause your car to break down.


If your vehicle was exposed to high levels of flood water, you may need to have its engine and associated parts disassembled and cleaned in order to remove salt residue. As you can imagine, this can be incredibly expensive and you may now need sell a junk car.


Checking for Damage


Of course, not all flood damage involves seawater. There’s also a big difference between a little bit of water getting into the floorboard of your car, versus your engine sitting in water for days on end.


If you’re not sure what level the water reached in or around your vehicle — maybe you evacuated the area and had to leave a vehicle behind — one trick is to look for a water line inside the car. Once you know where the interior water line is, you’ll have a better sense of how high up into the engine the flood water might have reached.

Overall, it’s best to consult with a professional when attempting to assess flood damage to your vehicle. Was the value of your car prior to the flood already fairly low? If so, it’s generally more cost effective to sell your junk car for cash and purchase a new one rather than attempting to fix the flood damage. Junk A Car pays top dollar for junk cars nationwide, and we’re here to help you get as much cash as possible for your junk car. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 888-323-7128.


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This following list is an average of the cars that we have purchased in your area. The actual value of your vehicle may be higher or lower than the average. Your car could be worth substantially more! Call now to get a quote.

Vehicle Minimum Paid Maximum Paid
1984 Toyota 4Runner260300
1997 Ford F-15075400
1988 Ford Mustang100325
1998 Chevrolet Venture100350
2005 Dodge Caravan150600
1991 Cadillac Brougham200350
1996 Chevrolet celebrity250250
1987 Toyota Celica200350
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser200600
2000 Mercury Villager50400
1993 Isuzu Rodeo50350
2002 Infiniti G20200605
2003 Ford F-1503001000
1987 Buick LeSabre125350
2002 Dodge Caravan100500
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo125400
1980 Ford Thunderbird50250
1993 Mazda Protege100325
1997 Pontiac Sunfire75385
1986 Ford F-350150250
1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight100400
1983 Porsche 911225225
2001 Jeep Cheorkee300300
1998 Kia Sportage100380
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer50750
1992 Chevrolet Beretta100300
2001 Hyundai Sonata100400
1978 Mercedes 450225225
1994 Mercury Sable100325
2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara120460
2000 Lincoln LS130400
2001 Suzuki Esteem195400
1990 Isuzu Pickup75400
1995 Mitsubishi Galant100400
2003 MINI Cooper402200
1976 Dodge pickup truck250250
1988 Lincoln Town Car175350
2001 Saturn S-Series100425
1994 Saturn sl1250250
1999 Dodge Durango20510
1996 Eagle Vision100315
1998 Ford Escort50450
1994 Ford Taurus50375
1992 Buick LeSabre50350
1992 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale70375
2001 Chrystler PT Cruiser Limited Edition350350
2003 Cadillac CTS2001100
2002 Honda Accord801500
1993 Chevrolet Camaro50325

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