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Old 11-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Waterlogged Saturn Sky & Pontiac Solstice Cars

Hi, with thousands of cars that went underwater from Hurricane Sandy on the east coast, there must be plenty of kappas from the area. Great idea as a bargain deal as a commuter car to fix up especially with the Sky or Solstice? Are there more advantages/disadvantages of getting a car that was waterlogged?
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If you understand the potential problems, a flood salvage can be a pretty good buy. The advantage with a Kappa is that body parts are probably harder to get than electrical and interior soft parts.

How deep, for how long, and in what kind of water are the big questions, and the existence of other damage could also be significant.

One possible option is to buy a flood car and a severely wrecked car, and combine them into one.
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It would have to be less than half price before I would consider one.
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Electronic gremlins will make for many a sleepless nights with a car that has been flooded but everyone has a different tolerance for misery.

I wouldn't touch one but that's just me.
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It would have to be less than half price before I would consider one.
For me it would have to be a LOT less than half price. Too many electronics to go wrong which can be expensive to replace if they can even be found.
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With finicky our dry cars can be
Id stay far away from one I know was flooded for anything but body and interior parts
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With finicky our dry cars can be
Id stay far away from one I know was flooded for anything but body and interior parts
...and even then, only interior plastics - anything that mold can grow on will be a total loss as well.
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Freshwater maybe, but Sandy was saltwater. Every wire and electrical componet wil be fuzzy green shortly.
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I'd love to get a 2.4 for 5 grand or so to use as a DD.
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They are totaled for a reason. Electrical is toast, every wet connection is ruined even in fresh water. Salvage title is hard to unload. The car would have to be free and you may have to spend more on restoration than a good used car.
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The car would have to be free and you may have to spend more on restoration than a good used car.
Buying a flood car would be a bad idea unless really, really cheap; and even then only as a parts car.
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