How to Repair Car Water Damage

Repair Car Water Damage
Did Hurricane Matthew damage your car? Here’s how to fix it.

Rainstorms and flood waters can do a number on your vehicle’s interior and the exterior as well. That can lead to some costly repairs if you go straight to a professional. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to reduce the damage and lower your overall costs. Here are several steps you can take to help repair car water damage from us here at Nissan of Lumberton.

Assess –Before you do anything else, assess the damage. If the waterline comes near the dashboard, odds are the adjuster will simply total the car and you can get a new one. If that’s the case, there’s no point in doing anything but trying to salvage your possessions. Disconnect the battery strap if you’re going to dry out the car as best you can.

Engine – Avoid starting the engine at first, no matter how curious you may be to see if your car still runs. Check the oil and transmission dipsticks. If there are water droplets on either one, make sure to change the oil and filter first. If the oil looks muddy, remove the oil pan and wash it out. Start the engine. If it runs, make sure to change the oil and filter within the next couple of hundred miles as well.

Salvage – Salvage titles are viable for vehicles that have taken on flood damage but don’t bear the damaged look. Make sure to examine used cars for any signs of water damage. It could be a retitled car that had a salvage title in a different state.

We repair all types of Flood Damage including mechanical, electrical and body repair. Our team has lots of experience repairing flood damage. 

Contact us at Nissan of Lumberton if you have any additional questions about car water damage or if you’re interested in a new vehicle.

OEM vs Aftermarket Parts: Which Are Better?

OEM vs aftermarket parts
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When you need repairs, one of the first questions you should consider is whether or not to use OEM or aftermarket parts. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer,” which is a fancy way of saying these parts come from the same assembly line as the original component on your vehicle. Aftermarket parts of produced by third-party brands, or independent vendors. Read on to see OEM vs aftermarket parts.

There are pros and cons to these two different types of parts, according to Edmunds. Aftermarket parts are typically cheaper than OEM parts, and there is a wide selection to choose from. Most auto-parts stores stock their shelves with a variety of aftermarket parts, and corner garages tend to use them to save on costs. However, aftermarket parts don’t always compare to OEM parts.

OEM parts are the ideal choice; one reason dealerships almost always use them. These components are a guaranteed fit, because they come straight from the manufacturer. They are also held to a higher standard, and they tend to last longer—one reason many car warranties stipulate that OEM parts must be used. Perhaps best of all, OEM parts come with one-year warranties to ensure durability.

In short, OEM parts tend to be better in the long run. Using aftermarket parts can void your warranty, and they don’t always fit as well as OEM parts. Here at Nissan of Lumberton, we always use the highest quality parts, ensuring your repairs last. Remember, you get what you pay for—don’t settle when it comes to your car.

Nissan to Debut New GT-R NISMO at Auto Show

new GT-R NISMO
Where’s the GT-R NISMO going to be next?

Southern California and Nissan both have a long-standing history with the realm of racing, which is why the 12th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show, or JCCS, held in Long Beach, California near the end of September, will be the chosen site for the unveiling of the new GT-R NISMO supercar. Never before seen in the United States, the GT-R NISMO is a welcome surprise for stateside fans of the track-inspired performance car.

The GT-R NISMO won’t be the only Nissan being shown off at JCCS. A few mint-condition classics – a ‘69 Patrol, ‘62 Fairlady, and a modified ‘71 Skyline – will make an appearance (it is a classic car show, after all) as well as some of Nissan’s racing stars. Nissan also has information about a number of giveaways and other activities that will be available at its booth at JCCS that the brand is slowly revealing throughout September with the hashtag #NissanAtJCCS.

With motorsport-inspired carbon fiber components, a redesigned front end, an entirely revised cockpit, all-wheel drive capability, and a 600-HP twin-turbocharged V6, the new GT-R NISMO is a sight to behold. More than 7,000 spectators will be attending JCCS on September 24th, when news and images about the GT-R NISMO are sure to surface online as well.