Immersion in water can and will destroy your vehicle, particularly the engine, electrical system, and interior. If your car has been immersed in water above the wheels, follow these 5 steps to assess and address your vehicle.
- Don’t Start the Vehicle! It’s tempting to insert the key and see if the car still works. However, if there’s water within the engine, making an attempt to start your vehicle may further damage the vehicle causing it to be effected beyond repair. There are a few basic check list items below. However, if you’re unsure, have it towed to LMC Automotive and Collision or give us a call and we will get your car here safely.
- Verify how deep your automobile was submerged. Mud and other gunk from water will typically leave a line on the automobile so you can determine how deep the car was submerged in water. If the water did not rise higher than the bottom of the doors, your automobile may be fine. Most insurance companies will total the car beyond all repair if water reaches the dashboard. However, if you are unsure, please, call LMC Automotive and collision today.
- Don’t worry about your insurance company. LMC Complete Automotive and Collision will be happy to work with your insurance company. Flooding is usually covered by comprehensive (fire and theft) insurance. However, even if you don’t have comprehensive collision coverage, your vehicle may still qualify for repairs. It’s a promising idea to process claims early because of this major disaster and how many claims will be filed. Be patient because it will take some time.
- Begin drying the inside of your vehicle. If water got inside your car or truck, mildew can set in and start to grow causing a bigger problem than just mechanical issues. Start by opening the doors to air it out. Also, putting towels on the seats and floors to soak up the water will help your car dry faster. We suggest planning on replacing anything that got wet including carpets, floor mats, door panels, seat padding and upholstery. Remember, these repairs may be covered under your compressive and collision.5. Check the fluids. A good indicator your car may be unsalvageable is to check the fluids in your vehicle. It is important to check these areas for water contamination. If water has got into any of the fluid systems in your vehicle, it will cause more damage to your vehicle. Fuel systems on most newer cars are sealed, but older cars may need to have their fuel systems drained including the brake, clutch, power steering and coolant.
If you are unsure, call LMC Automotive and Collision at (281) 651-7766 to have your vehicle inspected by our team of certified experts. Trusted for over 20 years in the automotive industry, we know what it takes to get you back on the road safely.