What to do when your car is submerged in a flood?
Do you have car insurance?
A big issue on people's minds is car insurance. Unfortunately, normal comprehensive car insurance does not cover acts of God or natural disasters such as typhoons and floods. It is instead, an optional coverage. If you live in an area where flooding is frequent, it would be best to include this in your insurance package next time. It is a bit more money, but if you afford it, it will save you a lot of trouble in the end.
If you don't have flood and typhoon coverage, don't worry, there's hope for your vehicle. Read on and hopefully you can save your vehicles from further damage.
What to do with your car after a flood
I saw an email being circulated with some tips on how to salvage a submerged vehicle/car especially if the car engine was submerged in water. I think this very good information to share. (I just reformatted it a bit).
In line with the recent devastation that our countrymen suffered due to flood, I would like to give some practical tips to those whose vehicles have been submerged in water.
I hope these reminders will serve as your guide to prevent any further damage to your vehicle. God bless!
- First, don't try to start your vehicle as this might short circuit the electrical connections and damage the computer module, if the vehicle is equipped with one. Let it stay and dry for a day or two.
- Disconnect the battery.
- Have it towed to your nearest autoshop or if you have a trusted mechanic, have it serviced in your home.
- All consumables, meaning, fluids of the vehicle must be drained and changed: engine oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, steering fluid, water in radiator/reservoir, etc.).
- All filters (oil, fuel, transmission etc.) and spark plugs must also be replaced.
- Othe parts for replacement will depend upon the inspection and further testing by the mechanic.
- Of course, your vehicle will need interior and engine detailing.
Ronald R. Misa
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