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Hurricane Ida has dominated headlines across the United States for over a week. It was the second most intense hurricane to assault Louisiana in modern history, second only to the devastating Hurricane Katrina.

The Category 4 hurricane did not stop at terrorizing Louisiana; the storm continued through Mississippi and then proceeded onwards to the Northeast United States. Ida, by then a tropical storm, proceeded to induce a spell of destructive tornadoes and catastrophic flooding in New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.


Amidst the destruction left in Ida’s wake, there are now people with severely damaged vehicles. Whether struck by debris spun about by the hurricane force winds and tornadoes or damaged by the rising floodwaters, there are plenty of cars that might be totaled.

As we recover in the aftermath of this disaster, one question leaps to the forefront of our minds:

“Well, now what?”

The process of picking up the pieces after an event this traumatic can feel overwhelming. Where do we even begin?

Fortunately, here at CarBrain, we are a lighthouse cutting through the fog and guiding you to one of your next steps. If your car has been made “less than perfect” at the hands of Ida, consider letting us take it off your hands.

What Happens When Your Car Is Flood Damaged?

Flood damage can wreck the electronics in a vehicle, flood the engine and leave it completely immobile. In many cases, even flood damage that seems minor could completely total a car.


What’s more, some water damage is cumulative. If your car isn’t completely dried out after a flood, mold could start growing in all the nooks and crannies retaining water in your vehicle.

Will My Insurance Cover Flood Damage?

In most cases, the answer is no. If you only have the legally required coverage, chances are you’ll be out of luck if you turn to your insurance company. Only comprehensive coverage will cover flood damage in most cases.

However, even comprehensive coverage won’t save you from having a totaled car. You might be able to get a check from your insurance company if the car is totaled, but you’ll still need to replace the vehicle.

So, chances are you’re facing the option of selling your car. Where’s the best place to sell your flood-damaged vehicle?

Why Choose CarBrain?

CarBrain specializes in cars that are “less than perfect,” with little-to-no reservations about how your vehicle came to suffer its demise. The most beautiful aspect of our service is it is completely online: you don’t have to figure out the logistics of coming to our location; just use your phone!


Submit your wrecked roadster to one of our agents and receive a quote for your vehicle within 90 seconds of inquiry. Our service partners within your area remove the hassle of having to bring your totaled vehicle anywhere; they come to you...FREE of charge!

Perhaps you love our quote, but would like to shop around before making things official? That’s cool with us! We’ll hold your quote at that exact value for seven days; giving you just enough time to verify that we’re your best bet.

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Submit your VIN and a few photos of your wreck, accept our quote, and we’ll have one of our service providers ready to schedule a pick up. They’ll send a tow truck over within 24-48 hours. Before they hook your wheels up, they’ll put a check in your hand. Equivalent exchange at it’s finest!

Not only do we handle the towing, but we also walk you through the process of getting the title transferred for your vehicle. We will even walk you through the process with the Department of Motor Vehicles, ensuring that you are no longer liable for the vehicle once it’s out of your possession.

With over three decades of experience in the industry, it’s our goal to ensure you won’t be victimized by junkyards during this period of vulnerability. CarBrain aims to assist those negatively affected by Ida to the best of our ability.


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What happens if my car gets flooded?

A flooded car can end up with damage to its engine, electrical system, air bags, and other major components. Minor flooding can cause mold and rust. If the flood damage is minor, your insurance company will more than likely attempt to fix the vehicle.

How much does it cost to repair a water damaged car?

Repairing a flood damaged car can run you anywhere from $20 to $8000. The cost is ultimately dependent upon how extensive the flood damage is. You can expect a heftier repair cost if any of the electrical workings are damaged by water.

Can you sell a car that has been flooded?

The short answer: yes. However, you need to make sure you have a complete understanding of the severity of the flood damage. All that’s left is finding a reputable salvage company that will take it off your hands.