How to deal with hurricane or flood damage to your car

As a family owned dealership that's been serving the greater New Orleans, LA area for over 50 years now, we've seen the best and the worst that Mother Nature has to offer here at Bergeron Automotive. From hurricanes to tropical storms, folks here in Metairie and nearby communities like Kenner, Westwego, and even Slidell, LA are no strangers to the threat of flooding, and the problems it can present even after the waters recede. Every year, folks throughout the greater NOLA area are faced with the issues of flood damage and hurricane damage to their vehicles, and if you're unsure of what to do, we're only too happy to help you here at Bergeron Automotive.

First thing's first, call your insurance company! If you suspect your car could be effected by flood or hurricane damage, chances are you're not the only one! Flooding events can lead to a deluge of people calling their insurance companies, so you'll want to be one of the first on the line to ensure your claim is handled in a timely manner.

Next, make an assessment of the extent of the flood damage! Try to estimate how long your vehicle has been submerged, and figure out how high the water reached. If it's below the bottom of your doors, you might actually be in better shape than you'd expect, but if the water ever reaches the top of your dashboard, most insurance companies will likely declare your car "totaled". Also remember that sea water is a lot more corrosive than fresh water, and that difference can play into the extent of the damages.

Even if your car looks to be in good shape, don't turn it on! There may be water lurking in your car's engine, so it’s always a good idea to check your oil dipstick for exceptionally high oil levels or droplets of moisture, as those can indicate water inside. You should also check for fluid leaks, damage from debris, and even faults with your car's electrical systems if possible. But when in doubt, get in touch with a certified service provider first.

Speaking of certified service providers, Bergeron Automotive has been helping folks recover from flood and hurricane damage for years now, which is  why so many New Orleans drivers entrust the care of their cars to us. We work with most major auto insurance agencies, so get in touch. We want to help you get through this process, and move on quickly and safely.

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