RACQ warns Queensland motorists of flood damage risk

The RACQ is urging Queensland drivers whose vehicles may have been affected by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald flood water to take their cars in for maintenance immediately, in order to mitigate the risk of serious damage occurring.

According to RACQ executive manager of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding, any motorist whose car was submerged or damaged by flood water should seek out immediate advice from their insurer.

"If floodwater reached the lower levels of car doors or entered the interior, it’s important to take the vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible," said Mr Spalding in a statement released February 6.

If you are a fleet manager operating out of Queensland, and are concerned about the potential impact that flood water damage has had on your organisation's vehicles, it may be prudent to take them in for urgent fleet maintenance.

This can help prevent more expensive costs from being incurred further down the line, by ensuring that any issues are spotted as early as possible and corrected before damage is allowed to compound into a larger problem.

Mr Spalding says that water can damage vehicles in a number of ways, by seeping into mechanical components and contaminating oils and other fluids, or getting into the fuel tank for example.

Complex electrical systems can also be damaged by excessive water, while flooding may also have damaged the underside of the car due to debris building up and clogging certain components.

The Eastern Australia floods of January 2013 caused six fatalities and more than $25 billion in damages, while at least 7,500 people were displaced from their homes.

The Queensland government has already begun the cleanup effort, with transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson noting that nearly 5,000 kilometres of road infrastructure will need to be repaired in order to ensure it is safe for motorists to travel throughout the state.