What To Do If My Car Has Been Damaged In A Flood?

Santa Ana Body Shop understands the importance of your vehicle. Having it submerged or partially submerged in water can be devastating. If your car has been flooded partially of fully submerged, it can mean extensive damage to your vehicle and be very costly to fix. Here are a few things you can do to check your vehicle to help determine how bad your vehicle has been damaged by floodwaters.

  1. Don’t Start Your Vehicle! We all want to know if our car is working or not. However, starting your vehicle may cause more damage and cost more if you turn the key. It’s tempting, but don’t start the car.
  2. Survey your vehicle for any potential damage. Take note of the depth of the flood water in relation to your car. Typically, a water line will be embedded on your vehicle’s upholstery and/or windows.
  3. Act fast by helping your vehicle dry out. Open the doors, but do not roll down the windows, as all late model vehicles have electrical systems that control the windows. Take a few towels to dry off the dashboard, doors, seats, and floor.
  4. Open the hood and take a peek for clues as to how extensive the flood damage may be to the car’s engine. Checking the fluids in your vehicle can help you determine how bad the flood affected your vehicle. Water in the oil, gas tank or other fluid areas can cause severe damage to your vehicle’s engine.

It is important to check these items to determine how bad your vehicle has been damaged by floodwaters. If you are unsure and need help, please, call our expert automotive mechanics and collision repair technicians at our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524, or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001 to get started today! We will work with your insurance company to have your vehicle towed to our shop. We will help lessen the stress from this devastating flood to help you get back on the road fast.

Written by Santa Ana Body Shop