Drying out: The icon of the Delridge Deluge

Remember this much-photographed car, under water yesterday outside Allstar Fitness? (photo by Lea Kuchan)

We found it again today. Our camera-equipped team member reports (shock) it’s full of mud. But all in one piece!


4 Replies to "Drying out: The icon of the Delridge Deluge"

  • vincent December 4, 2007 (1:47 pm)

    Flooded cars are usually a total loss, sadly they often get dried out and resold to unsuspecting people on used lots after they have been dried out and cleaned. They soon become ticking time bombs as all the water effected components succumb to rust and other corrosion.

  • Christopher Boffoli December 4, 2007 (2:30 pm)

    Vincent: I agree with you and it being a total loss. The entire wiring system and everything electrical will be shot. I’ve seen plenty of flood cars at auto salvage auctions and they always have a very distinct smell. No matter how well they’re cleaned up you can always tell by the smell.

  • OP December 4, 2007 (2:58 pm)

    Probably stolen, too.

  • EMF December 5, 2007 (12:56 pm)

    Hello folks:

    Nope – not stollen. I am the somewhat sad and soon to be past owner of this car. It is indeed being totaled by my insurance – they say that they are liable if they fix it and something happens. Happily, I am aware of the folks who get ripped off by having totaled cars get reconditioned and sold. I have arranged for it to be towed to a salvage yard, and scrapped out for body parts. The bad karma will end with me.

    Thanks for your support, though. I feel privileged to have such supportive neighbors.


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