By Jennifer Newman on October 31, 2012
East Coast residents are reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As they begin the difficult task of cleaning up from the storm surge, they may be wondering what to do with their flooded cars. Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi have advice for them: If a car is flooded and it's your only transportation, you may be able to use it, but it's bound to cause you problems.
The best bet is to have your insurance company declare it totaled and pay you for it, the brothers say. If you're uninsured and not in a position to replace it, you can try to continue driving it, but not before performing some crucial tasks:
If you have to keep a car that's been flooded, consider it a short-term solution. And if you're shopping for a car, make sure you follow the proper steps to make sure it isn't a flood car that has been cleaned up.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Newman is a certified car-seat technician. A mom of two, she owns a 2013 Subaru Outback crammed with sports gear. Email Jennifer