Parts of Queensland are prone to flooding, providing a challenging environment for motorists and their vehicles.

Flood damaged vehicle advice

  • Modern vehicles can handle a wide range of operating conditions, but if the water has reached the lower levels of the doors do not attempt to drive it until a mechanic has checked it. 
  • Water in the components such as transmissions can quickly lead to expensive failures. 
  • Water in the cabin area can affect electrical systems and lead to erratic operation, or complete failure.  These systems include engine management, transmission operation and other primary control and safety systems. 
  • A build up of debris under the vehicle can damage mechanical components or lead to clogging of cooling systems and overheating. 
  • Ensure key safety components, such as steering and brakes, are functioning correctly after any water exposure. 
  • If water has entered the engine bay, do not attempt to start the engine until a mechanic has checked it. 
  • Before using the vehicle, drain, and replace all contaminated fuels, oils, and fluids to minimise damage. 

Our Fact Sheet on flood repairs provide greater detail about the repairs likely to be needed while the buyers alert tells you what to watch out for in the market place.

Flood damaged vehicle buyers alert (PDF 186Kb)
Flood damaged vehicle repairs (PDF 220Kb)