What to do when a flood gets to your Car

Watching the news can help you anticipate when a storm is coming, but it is also good to have a plan just in case you haven’t been informed.

Flooded carDuring the Storm

When driving about the city and flood waters are rising at a rate faster than a minute, it is best to park your vehicle on higher ground. However, if your chances of parking your car on higher ground is bleak, it is best to stop the engine, get out and lock the car. Staying inside and waiting it out is more dangerous and might cost you more than that newly bought car, as escaping the flood via car windows and being stranded on top of it is hazardous.

Think raging flood waters and a helicopter rescue operation. Though it is nice to have a free chopper ride, it is not, I repeat, not advisable to obtain it with this tactic. Also, don’t try to face flood waters head-on as this may cause more damage to your vehicle. If you have been blessed to have a nice look-out spot, take it and try to document what is going on with your car by taking snapshots or video clips for future insurance related references.

Assessing Damage: Post- Trauma Care

After the flood waters have receded, you can call your preferred towing service to take your vehicle to your preferred professional. Tinkering with your vehicle ala MacGyver is not recommended, at times like these you need a professional to examine it because like it or not, you might do more damage to your vehicle if you tried to repair it yourself.

On the other hand, if you simply cannot wait or don’t have the means to have a professional take a look at it, what you can do to avoid corrosion to set in is to clean and dry your car out as much as you can, but DON’T start the engine as it may aggregate the damage.

The first thing you must do is to disconnect the battery; this is to ensure that you won’t fry anything. Next is to check just how high the water was. If the waterlines are about the same level as the dashboard, best thing to do is to prepare a eulogy and sell the vehicle. If not, then prepare to get down and dirty.

Flooded inside carDipsticks

Get a dipstick and check the engine and transmission, if there are water droplets clinging to the stick then it’s high time to change the oil and filter before you start the engine. If the water was muddy, it’s also wise to remove the oil pan from the engine and wash the mud out.

Remember to change oil again after driving a few hundred kilometers. Newer car models have sealed fuel systems and probably won’t get water in them. What you should do is to siphon the fuel out into a container and look for water. If you find any, even just a small drop, it would be best to stop what you’re doing and let the professionals take over.

To sum it all up, if you find water anywhere under the hood, it’s best to let the pros do it or, if the repair costs anywhere near a new car’s price… go figure.

Calculating Car Depreciation

Let’s face it – even a used car in pristine condition depreciates at about 10% each year. You can follow this link to have an idea on how to calculate vehicle depreciation. Selling or trading your car for another is a better option to avoid further headaches.

Approach your trusted automotive parts dealer and be honest regarding your car’s condition. And when you do get around in obtaining a pre-owned car, always remember to look carefully and examine the vehicle for the slightest trace of its previous condition.

About Crizia Nicole

Crizia Nicole is a free- spirited young lady whose passion is to travel, dream and live. People would normally be surprised to know that beneath her girl demeanor there lies a car enthusiast. She balances her day job at a major television network and her passion for writing. Check her out on Twitter.

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