The Dangers of Operating a Flood Damaged Vehicle

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.

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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!

Where to Get the Most Cash for Your Flooded Car

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Cash for Junk Cars 317-608-2188

Call GC’s Junk Cars at 317-608-2188 to sell a junk car for cash in Indianapolis, today! We have been buying junk cars throughout the Central Indiana area for several years. You will get the best price for your car because you are selling directly to the scrap yard! There is never a middle man, which means you walk away with more cash in your pocket. We buy all types of vehicles in all types of shape, running or not, and offer free towing and pick-up.

Do Junk Cars Contain Precious Metal?

Precious metals are naturally occurring elements that form in the Earth’s crust and retain high economic value. So what does this mean? It means that these metals are worth a whole lot of money! In the junk car selling industry, many sellers wonder what makes their vehicle more or less valuable than another, and one answer to this questions may be precious metal content. Cars have various parts and constituents that are made from or contain precious metal. So if you have a junk car that you want to get rid of, you can get more money if it still retains these valuable elements.

Continue reading to learn which precious metals can be found in a car, and where.

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Well known precious metals include gold, silver, platinum, tungsten, zirconium, palladium, rhodium, cerium, manganese, and nickel. And many of these same precious metals can be found in a vehicle. It all depends on where you look. There are two main areas of a vehicle that will likely contain precious metal: circuit boards and the catalytic converter.

Circuit Boards

If a car has an engine and an electrical system, it will surely have circuit boards. Modern circuit boards are designed with gold plated contact “fingers” at their edges where their connectors slide on. This gold is highly valuable to a junk car buyer. Onboard computer systems, such as powertrain control modules (PCM) and engine control units (ECU), contain circuit boards that control antilock brakes (ABS), fuel injection, ignition timing, emission controls, transmission shifting, turbocharger boost, and much more.

As of today, the current U.S. market value for GOLD is $1,201.49 per ounce.

Catalytic Converters

All vehicles (with the exception of propane-powered engines or electric cars) contain a catalytic converter, which also happens to be one of the most valuable automotive parts in a car. That is because catalytic converters are made of several precious metals. Platinum is the primary precious metal in catalytic converters, but they may also contain other alloys mentioned earlier, such as palladium, rhodium, cerium, and manganese.

As of today, the current U.S. market value for PLATINUM is $839.50 per ounce.
As of today, the current U.S. market value for PALLADIUM is $1,109 per ounce.
As of today, the current U.S. market value for RHODIUM is $2,500 per ounce.


How to Sell Junk Cars and Automotive Parts

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Call GC’s Junk Cars at 317-608-2188 to sell your old car parts for cash on the spot! We will buy any junk cars and car parts in Central Indiana, regardless of age, make, model, or condition. For those who wish to sell a junk car, we offer free towing with our in-house tow truck, so all you have to do is call and accept our offer! Call 317-608-2188 to request a free estimate, anytime!