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 855-928-2611.


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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
1972 pontiac lemans225225
1999 Pontiac Transport200200
1992 Ford E-250250320
1984 Dodge 600200260
1997 Pontiac Bonneville50450
2002 Saab 40611200425
2001 Kia Optima125570
1993 Infiniti J301450
2004 Jeep Liberty3501750
1990 Toyota Celica100325
1996 Ford Windstar100475
1993 Dodge Caravan70350
1987 Gmc Sierrah225225
1995 Ford F-250150400
1994 Plymouth Voyager100400
1978 Mercedes 450225225
1991 Chevrolet Suburban100300
1990 Dodge Dynasty100350
1990 Chevrolet Chevy Van100400
1994 Ford Explorer75425
1990 Lexus ES 250200325
2005 Subaru Forester350800
1998 Chevrolet S-1050480
1980 plymouth champ200200
2001 Saturn S-Series100425
1981 Nissan Datsun225225
1991 Chrysler Le Baron100300
1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata250400
1993 Geo Metro150350
1996 Buick Century50400
1999 Lincoln Town Car100420
1980 honda accord250295
1980 Ford Thunderbird50250
1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata200370
1996 Dodge Dakota100350
1996 GMC Sonoma175360
1993 Chevrolet Camaro50325
2003 Acura MDX6002500
1999 Lexus GS 300300850
1998 Jeep Grand cherokee loredo350350
2007 Pontiac Grand Prix400450
1997 Nissan 200SX50300
1994 Mitsubishi Mirage175300
1994 Chevrolet S-1050350
1993 Toyota Pickup75450
1992 Lexus ES 3005375
1985 Mitsubishi Starion250250
1989 Pontiac Bonneville80385
1996 Mazda MX-6200350
1996 Subaru Legacy50400

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