If your car has been partially or fully submerged in floodwater, it can lead to extensive damage and costly repairs. In some cases, a flood-damaged car can experience problems months or years after the event. But if you’re wondering whether it’s possible to save your flooded vehicle? Yes it’s possible. But be prepared to spend a huge sum of money.

Here’s what you need to do to with a flood-damaged car.

Act quickly

Flood water is an abrasive and corrosive mixture of water and dirt. This can do significant damage to your car. But salt water can do much more damage to your car.

If water got inside the car, mold may start to grow and corrosion is likely to happen. You need to act fast. Get rid of as much water and dry the car as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence in flood-damaged cars. Dry out the car by opening the doors and windows and getting rid of everything that has been submerged in water, including the carpets.

Survey potential damage

Fixing a flooded vehicle can be costly. The cost of repair will depend on the extent of damage. Unless you know what to do, we highly recommend that you call in a professional mechanic to look under the hood. Check all of the electrical systems, the oil and other fluids, etc. This is where you’ll find clues as to how serious the problem is.

Now that you have an idea about the extent of damage and how much money you’ll spend on repairs, you can decide whether to push through with the repair or just get a new car.

Do not start the car

You might be tempted to start the car to see if it works, but please resist the urge to do so. This can cause irreversible damage to your vehicle, especially if there is water in the engine.

Seek professional help

Drying your car is quite an easy task. But if the water reached your doors, you may need the help of a professional. Have your car towed and take it to a professional detailer to dry it out with high power fans. Also, you’ll need to drain and then refill the fluids before attempting to start the car to prevent engine damage.