RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club had received around 500 claims for flood affected vehicles since last Thursday and urged owners to resist the temptation to try and start them.
“If you think your car’s been flood affected, before you do anything else, you need to get it inspected by a mechanic,” Ms Ross said.
“While most modern vehicles can handle a wide range of operating conditions, if the water has reached the lower levels of your car doors, you should definitely not attempt to drive it.
“What might seem like minor water damage can seriously affect the electrical and mechanical components of your vehicle. If it floods your cabin area and gearbox, it can lead to erratic operation or complete failure if it’s not addressed.
“But most importantly, driving a flood-damaged vehicle, or driving through flood waters, also means you’re putting yourself and your passengers’ safety at risk.”
Ms Ross urged drivers whose cars were submerged or received significant flood damage to seek advice from their insurer.
“If you’re an RACQ member and you need to make a claim, you can start the process online or by calling us on 13 7202. We’re here for you,” she said.
“Our Mobile Member Centre (MMC) is currently en-route to Townsville with assessors and claims officers available to provide on-the-spot help with your claims.”
For more information, visit RACQ’s website.