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Old 09-09-2005, 09:10 AM
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Flooded Cars and Trucks

Folks,

Someone will try and it and folks will be taken.

Just wanted to get people alert when buying a used car - if it seems to good to be true, it probally is.

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Old 09-09-2005, 09:35 AM
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I would think that those cars would be deemed not repairable and wont get a salvage title right? I mean, if that water has ecoli in it, or the potential for it if you get it near an open oriface of your body, or drink it, wouldnt having a flood damaged car with that water make it very unsanitary to say the least?
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:44 AM
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Well it would depend. If they turn it into the ins co. then I'd bet they would be listed as a salvage title. Now if they don't turn it into ins. co. then the title will proably still be clear. I also know at least 1 big auto manufacturer had a bunch of cars get flooded and they cleaned them up and sold them as new without warning the buyers.
Also now a salvage title doesn't mean as much as it used to. Seen some where all it was is a busted headlight, creased fender, and dented hood.
But good call everyone should be on the lookout now.
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:07 AM
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this is interesting to think about. I would think, however, that a lot of us could maybe get some cool deals on cars that are "destroyed" by the flood and get some cheap, rebuildable motors or good parts that aren't otherwise affected too much by the water. If I was a salvage yard owner I would probably take out the plugs, turn the motor over, and spray the whole car, inside and out with a 2 or 3% bleach solution and sell them for a couple hundred a piece. Somebody will be making out on this if they know what they're doing.

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Old 09-09-2005, 11:11 AM
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me thinks it will be china doing the making out on this one.
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this is interesting to think about. I would think, however, that a lot of us could maybe get some cool deals on cars that are "destroyed" by the flood and get some cheap, rebuildable motors or good parts that aren't otherwise affected too much by the water. If I was a salvage yard owner I would probably take out the plugs, turn the motor over, and spray the whole car, inside and out with a 2 or 3% bleach solution and sell them for a couple hundred a piece. Somebody will be making out on this if they know what they're doing.

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I would love to get me an LS1 car for a few bucks. I have three kids,I am used t o the smell of crap in my cars!! Just throw a couple sheets of Snuggle fabric softener under the seats and it will take care of itself.
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Old 09-09-2005, 12:33 PM
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this is interesting to think about. I would think, however, that a lot of us could maybe get some cool deals on cars that are "destroyed" by the flood and get some cheap, rebuildable motors or good parts that aren't otherwise affected too much by the water. If I was a salvage yard owner I would probably take out the plugs, turn the motor over, and spray the whole car, inside and out with a 2 or 3% bleach solution and sell them for a couple hundred a piece. Somebody will be making out on this if they know what they're doing.

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I would think twice about it, unless you just looking for sheetmetal (that you would have to refinish inside and out) there isn't much salvageable off a flood car. The engine will be full of mud, the interior will be a bacterial hazard, all bearings will be contaminated with water and mud, corrosion will have already taken hold on machined areas.

The more you look at it unless your looking for a smash up derby car or a stripped chassis to build a race car they are worth more as scrap.
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I would think twice about it, unless you just looking for sheetmetal (that you would have to refinish inside and out) there isn't much salvageable off a flood car. The engine will be full of mud, the interior will be a bacterial hazard, all bearings will be contaminated with water and mud, corrosion will have already taken hold on machined areas.

The more you look at it unless your looking for a smash up derby car or a stripped chassis to build a race car they are worth more as scrap.
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You just could not be more right.

If its an insurance job most of them automatically total if water goes about 6 inches above the floor.
It will be a salvage title.

Two years ago I bought a fairly new SC400 Lexis that a friend drove into 3 feet of water.
Got the car for $12,000 and it was worth 35-40,000, lost my a## to make it right and that was the first and last time I would ever do water car.

These are not something you want to fool with unless you need parts as stated above.

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if you never seen up close a SALT WATER damaged car trust me its not pretty think of a rust bucket POS you've seen driving down the road well it smells as bad as a death wreck and will reek havoc on electrical stuff even if its not been "under the water" salt will wick into ANY connection

-sheet metal(fenders, hoods, trunk lids) doors if they are washed out real good and the salt neutralized
-glass
-drive train if its cleaned out with in a certain amount of time
-tires

the rest is junk to the press to the chipper = 2007 Camry's

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As far as the newer cars are concerned, its no big deal. But I wonder how many classics and hod rods where left behind and are now lost/destroyed? If I lived there I would have packed the family into my Bel Air and left the new car behind.
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If I was a salvage yard owner I would probably take out the plugs, turn the motor over, and spray the whole car, inside and out with a 2 or 3% bleach solution and sell them for a couple hundred a piece. Somebody will be making out on this if they know what they're doing.

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It sure won't be the salvage yard!

Depending on his contract with the insurance company he will pay 20-30% of value for the salvage car and sell it for $200?

Using old math, thats a loss? New math, I never had.
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Can't be any worse than suicide cars. When I was living in Ca., there was a towing yard that I used to buy cars from that towed in a car that had a rentacop blow his brains out in. The whole interior was sprayed with grey matter. The employees of the yard(it was also a body shop) refused to work until they had a forensic cleanup company "sterilze it". Putrid!
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An ozone generator inside the car will remove any smell...including the death smell. It ruins all the rubber in the car including the wiring but the smell will be gone.
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