Whether your vehicle was damaged in a flood, or submerged underwater, you should know about the potential safety hazards of operating a flood-damaged car or truck. Continue reading to learn what you need to know about flood damaged vehicles, including possible dangers, title changes, NMVTIS vehicle history reports, and how to sell one.
Flood Damaged Vehicles
When a vehicle is exposed to severe water damage, such as flooding from natural disasters or submergence in a body of water, it is no longer safe to drive. Too many systems and components in the vehicle will be damaged by water, rendering it insufficient for standard operation. One of the most compromised areas of a vehicle are the electrical systems.
From airbags and AC, to the battery, lights, computers, and more, virtually all electrical systems will be damaged if submerged or flooded by water. A damaged electrical system instantly makes a vehicle particularly unsafe for road use. One of the most important electrical systems in a vehicle are the airbags, which can be defected after flooding.
The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)
The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) was designed by our federal government to protect consumers from vehicle-related fraud and theft, namely purchasing used vehicles with intentionally-concealed vehicular histories. It is the only national system that is available to the public, and all states, insurance carriers, junk car buyers, salvage yards, and automotive recyclers, are required under federal law to report vehicle history information.
It is strongly recommended to always obtain a NMVTIS vehicle history report, as well as, a pre-purchase car inspection, before buying a used car or truck. See our blog, “Facts About the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System” to learn more about their available resources and how to download a free report for yourself.
How to Sell a Flood Damaged Car
There are various factors that influence how and where you can sell a flood-damaged vehicle. See our blog, “Can I Sell a Car That Was Submerged in Water?” to learn some helpful facts about selling flood damaged vehicles, car titles, total loss vehicles, and more. You can always contact a trusted Indianapolis junk car buyer to sell a water damaged car or truck. They will pay you cash on the spot regardless of a vehicle’s make, model, age, or condition!