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 844-901-4392.


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  • Our Sacramento tower will pay you the quoted amount on the spot.
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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.

VehicleMinimum PaidMaximum Paid
2005 Pontiac Montana SV6250500
1986 Toyota MR2150325
1979 jeep cherokee310340
1997 Dodge Intrepid50400
1997 Infiniti I30170375
2001 Saturn S-Series100425
2004 Jeep Liberty3501750
1979 volkswagen rabbit200250
1990 Mazda B-Series Pickup25300
1981 Nissan Datsun225225
1993 Geo Metro150350
1985 Plymouth Reliant K100225
1988 Honda Civic75325
1998 Infiniti QX4200700
1985 Chevrolet S-1050400
2001 Ford Explorer Sport50500
1996 Mazda MX-6200350
1997 Pontiac Sunfire75385
1989 BMW 325i Convertible225225
1998 Chevrolet S-1050480
1999 Lincoln Town Car100420
2005 Ford Taurus170485
2005 Pontiac Bonneville300400
2000 Chrysler Concorde100380
2002 Honda Accord801500
1999 Volkswagen Jetta75510
1993 Ford E-150100500
1980 Ford Thunderbird50250
1994 Chevrolet Corsica100350
1988 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class75400
2000 saab 3-Sep300300
1993 Toyota Pickup75450
1989 Pontiac Bonneville80385
2000 Lincoln LS130400
2003 Cadillac CTS2001100
1991 Ford Escort100350
2002 Nissan Sentra125650
2001 Isuzu Rodeo150500
1996 Pontiac Grand Prix100365
2001 Jeep Cheorkee300300
2005 Saturn Ion200660
1988 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class180325
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class180390
1997 Isuzu Oasis200325
1992 Dodge Caravan75375
1999 Chevrolet Blazer50425
2005 Mitsubishi Galant25500
1995 Chevy Blazer185220
1988 Jeep Cherokee100350
1984 Toyota 4Runner260300

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