Why You Should Sell Your Flood-Damaged Vehicle?

The recent rains in parts of Oceania, including Australia and New Zealand, have given rise to flash floods. As a result, many cars have been damaged from standing in flood water for several days. The situation is quite unfortunate, especially for vehicle owners who were directly affected by the floods.

It is common knowledge that water can be a serious enemy of your car. Not only can it lead to corrosion, but it can also damage the electrical components. So, if your vehicle has had flood damage, it is best to get rid of it and sell it to the highest bidder.

Here are a few more reasons to sell your flood-damaged car now.

Endless Repairs & High Repair Costs

When a vehicle is inundated with water, all sorts of things can go wrong. The engine, the transmission, the electrical components, and the chassis can all start to make noises. You know it is time to visit the mechanic when that happens. But you have to be careful even if you don’t hear unusual noises.

In any case, a flood-damaged vehicle is bound to ramp up the repair bill and cause you misery. No matter what you do, sometimes you can’t recover your vehicle from heavy water damage.

Therefore, the only way out is to sell your vehicle to car wreckers or a junkyard.

Reduced Vehicle Safety

Flood-damaged cars are high risk and a hazard for both you and others around you. That’s because the water damage the vehicle experiences hampers its performance and corrodes essential components. You can’t get the best out of your vehicle, which could lead to possible accidents.

Some car owners also report the airbags not working properly, right after getting flood damage. So, it is clear why affected vehicles should be sold off as quickly as possible. The more you hold the car, the more value it will lose, and in the end, you will get nothing out of it.

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Price Depreciation

A faulty vehicle will never attract buyers, especially one that has had flood damage. Such cars are susceptible to failure and hefty repairs, which is why most people avoid them at all costs. As a result, the market value for these vehicles drops, and you end up in a position where no one but the junkyard is willing to pay you money.  

You should avoid depreciating the car’s value further and sell it as soon as you make initial repairs.

Things That Determine the Car’s Price

If you choose to sell your vehicle, which is the wise thing to do, you should know what to expect in return. Of course, you won’t get the full market value for your vehicle. But you will get something, depending on the year, model, and condition.

It will be bought and sold for spare parts anyway, so the popularity of your vehicle matters. If you have a popular vehicle, the spare parts will be in high demand, and the buyer will offer you more money.

Moreover, if your car has less damage, it is more likely to fetch a good buyer.


If you want cash for cars, there is no better alternative than to sell your vehicle to car wreckers. Not only will they offer you good money, but they will also buy your vehicle in any state. It won’t matter if the car is heavily damaged or slightly deformed; if you own it, they will buy it from you.


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