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Old 05-25-2015, 11:47 PM   #1
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Guys... My car is flooded . It's sitting outside in the water (was driving it and it died). The water got about three inches in the floor and all over the dash (as we scrambled out). It won't turn on and it's insured, but I'm mortified at the thought of a repaired flood car. The water is at the bottom of the door and coming in the bottom door sill. How is it determined a total loss by flood? Sad day...


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I'm guessing your in Houston


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Yup, galleria area.


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That really sucks

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Awe man. I am so sorry. That is horrible. Have you called the insurance company yet?

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I sure wouldn't try to start it.
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It makes a really fast clicking noise and the lights flash... There's moisture in the LCD instrument cluster... The clicking noise the motor locked up or the starter?


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I wouldn't even turn the key over. If I could get to it, the most I'd do is unhook the battery terminals.
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Bummer! I moved from Houston to Port Lavaca area 7 years ago. Do colleges still teach "Civil Engineering"?? I mean, dang road building for floods??
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Insurance will determine, but usually fresh water flood cars are not repaired if the damage is as you describe.
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That sux. sorry about it.

+1 on not wanting it again.....you are gonna get hit financially anyways it would be better if it gets totaled now rather than fight possible issues forever.

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the deeper the water line the more apt they are to total it (hint)
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If it were mine, I'd hope insurance totaled it.
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Haha, well the car had water up to about he top of the stripe on the lower door area and I had to manually override the brake on the shifter. Lights are flickering and there's a loud clicking when attempting to start the motor. I checked the air filter and it had water in it and the water looks to have got to the top of the lower grill and the car was running when this happened and died and won't start... I don't want it repaired... There's moisture in the instrument cluster... You think it's a total loss? There was water in the shifter area...


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idk if insurance laws vary state to state but flooded cars are normally totaled. Google Texas/flood/insurance/cars and see what happens.
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Well, just the premium cluster alone is about $600 from Ford. So it is up in the air. I would say that the damages alone would cause me to not want the car any more. Even if they repair it, what is to say you won't be more prone to issues in the future? It's not like they will fully inspect all of the wiring and such. If they did fix it, they would just replace what they could find wrong.
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They will total it. The repairs will easily be more than 80% of what the car is worth and they won't want to be on the hook for additional issues that arise after the car is back in the road.


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Flooded car

I'm thinking it will be a total loss from what you're saying.

If not, argue with them. That car will never be right again. It's just going to keep getting worse as things corrode and rust more with time.
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The question I have that I'm surprised no one has asked, why were you driving it in that to begin with?


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The question I have that I'm surprised no one has asked, why were you driving it in that to begin with?


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Wasn't it a flash flood?
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So glad I left Houston. Not for the weather by any means but the roads are the WORST. The traffic is unreal and people are not the least bit courteous. I'm also not a fan of the concrete jungle city life. But sorry that happened to ya.


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I'm in Houston too and being lowered I hopped into my car and moved it to high ground once I got the million phone warnings

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I would expect it to be totaled judging from a lot of the flooding I have seen here on the MS gulf coast. Take off any aftermarket parts that are still good and put the stock ones back on.
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Wasn't it a flash flood?

I suppose that could have been the situation. I was just curious.


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I was visiting friends and their apartment community has guest parking in the back. From where we were, the parking lot didn't have standing water. Walking around to my car, I noticed the water was to the bottom of the car and decided to drive it to a higher area of the parking lot. My friend's Mercedes made it, and mine didn't. Died as the water rose. It was let it sit there and flood or attempt to get it to a higher area and chance flooding it. Really, since his car made it, I wasn't concerned mine wouldn't.


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Well when they decide to total your car, sell me those silver premium dash inserts and I will send you my base model ones. Lol. Sorry about your car though man.


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Well when they decide to total your car, sell me those silver premium dash inserts and I will send you my base model ones. Lol. Sorry about your car though man.


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I say you it's dead. I've been taking claims for this all day. Watch for flood parts hitting the market soon.
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Yeah, I was trying to jump it to move it and it won't even crank. Not a peep from any part of the car or any lights.


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So for sure, they won't leave me with a crapped out flood vehicle that's been "repaired"? I've never had anything like this happen and it's my main concern.


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Man, it really hurts me to see this happen to you and your car!

I agree with the rest, though, that it's probably best to have it totaled, since who knows what hidden damage there might be (e.g. water ingested into the engine, etc.). Hopefully you can use the money and find a low-miles S197 to your liking!
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Parts parts parts!! Lol sorry for your loss man, we are in a flood warning tonight too....Bay City Tx....about an hour from Houston


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Did you get pics after the water rose?
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No, it was the middle of the night and I didn't go back down until the morning.


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