Flooding in the UK is a serious issue for homeowners, but flood-damaged cars are often a serious issue for the affected population, too.
Around 75 per cent of the vehicles caught up in floods are written off and sent to the crusher, but some still make it back to forecourts – and it’s these you need to watch out for.
Water wreaks havoc with electrical components, and corrosion can lead to recurring problems long after the car has dried out. Sudden immersion can cause the honeycomb internals of catalytic converters to crack, while brakes and wheel bearings can be ruined. In addition, starter motors and alternators are likely to fail.