Does car insurance cover flood damage? What you need to know

Thousands of vehicles were flooded after Ida dropped unprecedented amounts of rain in the area on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Cars were inundated in garages, abandoned on the sides of highways, or picked up from driveways by raging waters. 

Paramus had about 200 cars that were abandoned Wednesday night, a majority of them on Route 17. 

In Bloomfield there were at least 50 abandoned cars stuck in water on Newark Avenue. Even cars that were parked in garages weren’t safe, residents reported in Fort Lee. 

If your car was among the casualties, there are steps you need to take to get your car running after the flood or put in an insurance claim. 

Does car insurance cover flood damage?

What happens next depends on the extent of the damage and type of car insurance you have, but people should brace for the worst and expect their cars to be totaled, according to

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