Car Flood Damage Continues to Dominate Business

October 14th, 2015 by

Over the past two weeks, we have been reminded daily of the devastation the recent, record floods had on our community. The storm and flood damage affected both our staff and customers and has been dominating business. Many customers are visiting us for flood restoration service and repairs and some require new vehicles.

It is estimated that as many as 12,000 cars were damaged or destroyed. In a recent interview with the Post and Courier, the South Carolina Insurance Chief estimated that car damages statewide may amount to $100M.

A driver tries to motor a Kia SUV through the water on Richmond Street in Southgate on Wednesday. In Melvindale, city officials said 3.75 inches of rain fell in 12 hours. (Larry Caruso/Photo Edi-tor)

 

Roughly half of the cars brought into our Service Department have been totaled. Last week, we had insurance adjusters on site all week. This week, adjusters have started sending cars right to the landfill due to the volume and demand. Driving through flood waters can be catastrophic and can cause engine damage. If your car was parked in water, the damage is likely to be reversible. Read our most recent blog to see what symptoms are perfectly normal after such heavy rain and what should be a cause for concern.

We are able to repair and restore many flood damaged cars. We work with trusted partners such as Fabric Tech and Biosweep on carpet and upholstery cleaning and odor elimination. Both companies provide services our customers onsite.

We have been pleased to help customers deal with flood issues in a variety of ways:

• Fielding questions
• Helping to navigate insurance claims
• Working with insurance adjusters
• Performing complimentary multi-point inspections
• Assisting with transitions to new vehicles

Kia Country’s management and staff is committed to helping our customers and neighbors through this difficult period. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 843.573.2300 or contact us online.

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