Can a flooded car be repaired or saved?

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The recent flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida has left many wondering if a flooded car can be repaired or saved.

The answer is that a flooded car can be recovered depending on the type of water it was submerged in. If it has been submerged in salt water, it is probably more suitable for scrap as salt water is corrosive and can wreak havoc on mechanical parts of the car as well as the interior of the car.

If it were inundated with fresh water, however, auto experts say it could be salvageable. But it still depends on how damaged the car was as a result of the flooding.

It depends on whether the damage to your car was cosmetic or mechanical. If it was cosmetic, your car is more likely to be salvaged than if it had suffered mechanical damage.

When a car suffers cosmetic damage, the damage is usually done to its interior. This means that the fabric, wood, leather and other materials are soaked in water.

The key to repairing this type of damage is to let the car dry, give it a deep shampoo, and look for signs of mold damage.

When a car suffers mechanical damage, the engine can suck in water instead of air, causing the piston rods to bend and the engine to blow. This will require a complete engine replacement and a very expensive bill from your mechanic.

The cost of repairing a flooded car can vary widely. It can range from $ 20 to $ 8,000 or more to repair your car.

You will need to consider several factors, including:

  • The age of your car
  • The condition of your car
  • The value of your car
  • The amount you owe on your car
  • The total cost of repairing a flooded car you face

If your car has saved minimal flood damage, it may be worth repairing and keeping.

However, if your car has suffered significant damage, you had better get rid of it. Note that if you sell it, you must declare that your car has suffered water damage.

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