Repair shops respond to flood damage in St. Louis

August 2, 2022 – Historic flooding in the St. Louis, Missouri area has resulted in many cars facing damage that in some cases cannot be repaired.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, hundreds of cars were flooded.

Richard Cox, owner of Danmark Tire and Auto, had to assess some of these flooded vehicles which are brought in hoping to be repaired. Unfortunately, he discovered that some are unrecoverable.

“I’ve always had bad experiences with cars that have been flooded. All wiring will rust. Everything is going to rust in the car,” Cox said in the article.

Greg Damon, manager of Sparks Tire and Auto in St. Charles, said some vehicles are capable of squealing without being considered totaled. If the water does not exceed half of the tires, he said the vehicle should be relatively safe from costly repairs.

“As you go higher than that, it starts destroying the electronics – under the dash, under the seats, in the heating and air conditioning, the computer, any number of things.” Damon said in the article.

Damon warned drivers not to drive in water at all, as the depth can often be difficult to determine. He also noted that while some vehicles may drive after being exposed to flood damage, the impact of mold later in the chain could result in vehicle damage as well as potential corrosion issues.

Towing companies have also been understandably busy due to the flooding. Brian Seiber, owner of Tactical Towing and Recovery in Belleville, said he actually had to turn down business because of the spike in calls.

Alejandro L. Myatt