Has Flooding Created a Junk Car
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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FIND YOUR CAR'S VALUE!
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|
|1972 pontiac lemans||225||225|
|1999 Pontiac Transport||200||200|
|1992 Ford E-250||250||320|
|1984 Dodge 600||200||260|
|1997 Pontiac Bonneville||50||450|
|2002 Saab 40611||200||425|
|2001 Kia Optima||125||570|
|1993 Infiniti J30||1||450|
|2004 Jeep Liberty||350||1750|
|1990 Toyota Celica||100||325|
|1996 Ford Windstar||100||475|
|1993 Dodge Caravan||70||350|
|1987 Gmc Sierrah||225||225|
|1995 Ford F-250||150||400|
|1994 Plymouth Voyager||100||400|
|1978 Mercedes 450||225||225|
|1991 Chevrolet Suburban||100||300|
|1990 Dodge Dynasty||100||350|
|1990 Chevrolet Chevy Van||100||400|
|1994 Ford Explorer||75||425|
|1990 Lexus ES 250||200||325|
|2005 Subaru Forester||350||800|
|1998 Chevrolet S-10||50||480|
|1980 plymouth champ||200||200|
|2001 Saturn S-Series||100||425|
|1981 Nissan Datsun||225||225|
|1991 Chrysler Le Baron||100||300|
|1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata||250||400|
|1993 Geo Metro||150||350|
|1996 Buick Century||50||400|
|1999 Lincoln Town Car||100||420|
|1980 honda accord||250||295|
|1980 Ford Thunderbird||50||250|
|1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata||200||370|
|1996 Dodge Dakota||100||350|
|1996 GMC Sonoma||175||360|
|1993 Chevrolet Camaro||50||325|
|2003 Acura MDX||600||2500|
|1999 Lexus GS 300||300||850|
|1998 Jeep Grand cherokee loredo||350||350|
|2007 Pontiac Grand Prix||400||450|
|1997 Nissan 200SX||50||300|
|1994 Mitsubishi Mirage||175||300|
|1994 Chevrolet S-10||50||350|
|1993 Toyota Pickup||75||450|
|1992 Lexus ES 300||5||375|
|1985 Mitsubishi Starion||250||250|
|1989 Pontiac Bonneville||80||385|
|1996 Mazda MX-6||200||350|
|1996 Subaru Legacy||50||400|
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