1. Whether or not your vehicle can be salvaged depends on the height of the water: if it is flooded up to the dashboard, it is very likely that the brainbox would have been soaked. Please, donít attempt to start the engine; thatíll worsen (in fact, totally damage) the ECU

2. Flooding is usually covered under most comprehensive auto insurance policies, so talk to your insurer.

3. Again, do not start the vehicle. If you believe water may have gotten into the engine, starting the engine with water inside it can cause more damage than the flooding itself.

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4. After any flood, immediately open the windows, doors, sunroof ó or moonroof ó and trunk to allow excess water to evaporate: this will help protect the vehicle.

5. If your engine has water in it, ask the technician to tell you what cleaning and repairing it will cost. It may be more financially sound to buy and install a new engine.

6. Flooding doesnít need major weather disasters to happen. Your engine can be as easily damaged by a large puddle as a roaring river. Drive carefully and avoid large puddles, especially ones that have just been driven through by other vehicles.

7. Above all, use common sense. If you hear a flood warning, move to higher ground. Donít risk your vehicle simply to get somewhere in a storm. Play it safe and youíll be the happier for it.