In the wake of hurricane Harvey & Irma, residents in the affected states have found themselves at the mercy of flood water which has affected tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Personal property damage including water damage to vehicles is an all too real reality for many of the victims. A vehicle that has been immersed in water can suffer damage to the interior, engine and electrical system. According to the knowledgeable experts at Citywide Towing, if the flood waters rise to halfway up the wheels or higher you should never attempt to start your vehicle. Doing so could cause irreparable damage to your engine. Even if your vehicle were to start up at the first turn of the key, your power steering, brake and electrical systems could be damaged resulting in serious injury if the car were to malfunction during your drive. Contact your Citywide Towing professional to have your car towed to the vehicle repair shop of your choosing for professional repairs and replacement parts.
Contact Your Insurance Provider, Towing Company & Mechanic
Once the weather has cleared and before the clean-up process begins call your insurance company to report the damage. In many cases flood damage is covered by comprehensive insurance that will allow for repairs or replacement. One of the items that you can begin to tackle before your Citywide Towing service arrives is to clean up any water that may have leached into the inside of your vehicle during the flood. The best way to do this is by opening all of the doors and windows and placing adsorbent material to soak up as much of the excess water as possible. Once your vehicle is delivered to the auto repair shop arrange to have a mechanic look at the oil and other fluids. Your brakes power steering, coolant and clutch (if you have a manual transmission) should all be checked for any signs of contamination. Once the engine is in good repair your mechanic will ensure that the electrical systems are working correctly by checking that the headlights, turn signals, air conditioning, stereo, power locking mechanisms, windows and seats etc. are in good working order.
Citywide Towing 24 hour Emergency Towing & Roadside Assistance Service
If you are contacting Citywide Towing to take advantage of our roadside assistance programs, be patient and remember there are many others families in the same situation as you waiting for our assistance. Your Citywide Towing professional can offer roadside assistance services including lockouts, flat tire repair, and jump start for dead batteries, fuel and fluid and air delivery.
Beware of Flood Damage Cars When Purchasing a Replacement Vehicle
Many cars that have been damaged or totaled due to flooding are often cleaned up and resold so be cautious when purchasing a new car. Check the title and look for key words such as the obvious flood damage and the lesser known salvage. Ask for a comprehensive history on the vehicle specifically the origins of the car. If the car was moved from another state that had sustained damaging weather cycles resulting in flooding, the seller could be attempting to mask previous damage.