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.