How to deal with a flooded vehicle

Motorists should have their flooded vehicle checked out 18th February 2014

Unfortunately, much of the south of the UK has been hit with torrential rain and stormy weather, which has left vast swathes of Somerset and the Thames area suffering severe flooding.

Damage to homes and businesses has been extensive, but many motorists will also be concerned about their vehicle, which may have been sat in standing water for a number of days, if not weeks.

Figures from the AA indicate that around 3,000 cars have been rescued from flood waters since December. While many of these will be written off by insurance companies, some can be saved. However, it is important to keep an eye out for some obvious signs that a vehicle has been irretrievably damaged by long periods in flood waters.

Of course, water and electricity should never mix. Modern cars are jam-packed with electrical equipment and these can be severely damaged by excessive exposure to water, which will occur if a car has been sat in flood water for a number of days.

Brakes can also be ruined by period sat underwater, which is an obvious safety issue for motorists, while catalytic converters could also be seriously damaged.

After retrieving a car it is important to carry out a safety check, even if the car has been passed as fit for purpose by an insurance company, even if you do this just for your own peace of mind.

Even if a car has been sat in a relatively small amount of water, it is worth having a vehicle checked out by a trained professional, who will be able to carry out a car service, which will monitor all the key components of a vehicle.

Of course, if your car has been sat in a significant amount of water, it's likely that the interior of the vehicle will be damaged too. It can be extremely expensive to resolve this issue, but it can be done my motorists rather than professionals.

Posted by Danielle Barge