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
1991 Ford F-250150340
1998 Audi A4150400
2007 Toyota Yaris5001510
2003 Chevrolet Impala100476
2005 Nissan Altima1251550
2003 Audi A63501050
1997 Mitsubishi Diamante200400
1992 Subaru Legacy50325
2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue75340
1972 pontiac lemans225225
1987 Ford F-150100325
2002 Chrysler Sebring100450
2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara2501100
2001 Kia Optima125570
1999 Nissan Pathfinder25800
2001 Toyota Sienna2201100
1995 Ford Windstar100450
1993 BMW 3 Series100400
1994 GMC Safari100400
2004 Dodge Neon SRT-42501000
1995 Geo Prizm50375
2004 Hyundai Elantra150500
1987 Buick LeSabre125350
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class180390
2001 Acura CL100600
1998 Mercury Mystique100400
2005 Nissan Maxima2501600
2005 Ford Focus200600
1987 Chevrolet Chevy Van120350
1986 Chevrolet Celebrity50300
1980 plymouth champ200200
1989 Ford F-350250800
1995 Mazda MPV150330
1993 Pontiac Sunbird100300
1992 Nissan Truck125380
1993 Infiniti J301450
2004 Dodge Durango1002100
1998 Chevrolet Camaro200350
1993 Ford F-150100350
1998 Infiniti I30125385
1987 Honda Accord100365
2000 Volkswagen Passat100525
1990 Toyota Celica100325
1997 GMC Sierra 1500150350
1988 Chevrolet Blazer100300
1996 Chrysler Cirrus100315
2005 Suziki Forenza500500
1997 Chevrolet Venture100430
1993 Isuzu Rodeo50350
1991 Chevy Camero225225

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