It is becoming common for scam artists to buy cars that have been sitting in flood waters and selling them for top dollar prices or even offering deals that may seem too good to be true. These cars leave their original homes in places like New Orleans or Houston to be sold in other states, which is why you want to be aware of problems with flood damaged cars. Sometimes, you may have been scammed into buying one of these cars and have no choice other than to do the repairs. Here are some tips to help you with restoration of flood damaged cars after you have been a victim of one of these scams:

1. Stripping the Car and Looking for Corrosion Damage

The first thing you want to do with a flooded car is strip it of all the interior and electrical installations. Materials like carpet and interior panels can harbor moisture and debris, which will eventually lead to corrosion. When you have a flood damaged car, you want to remove these materials and thoroughly clean them. First, remove all interior panels that are holding carpets, headliners and other interior finishes in place. Remove the carpets and any other fabrics and clean them thoroughly and leave them to dry in an open area. Clean any dirt out of areas inside the frame of the car and areas like doors, engine firewalls and door frames.

2. Cleaning and Repairing Electronics That Have Flood Damage

The electronics are another problem that you will have with the flooded car you are repairing. You want to remove all the electronics inside your car. Remove the wiring harnesses and check all the connections. In the engine compartment, remove the entire wiring harness and central control module. Check all connections to make sure that there are not any shorts. If there are some wires that seem to be OK—only having a little corrosion on the connections—try cleaning them with alcohol. What you should replace with electronics is all the sensitive computer circuits and electronic sensors.

3. Chaining All Fluids to Ensure the Mechanical Systems Are Free of Water

When you have a flooded car, water can get into many areas of your engine, transmission and other mechanical components of the drivetrain. You want to completely change all the fluids in these parts to ensure they do not fail due to water damage. When you flush these parts, use gasoline to flush them out and clean them thoroughly; this can even be done with diesel vehicles when doing a water damage restoration.

These are some tips to help with repairs to a flooded damaged car, but it is still best to avoid these cars if you can. Contact an auto collision repair service to help with some of the repairs that are needed to ensure your flood damaged car is safe for driving. 

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