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Recently relocated to Southern Texas and yesterday my MKZ got flooded with about 4 inches of water in the interior. I will see what the appraiser says next week, but I am not expecting good news. "Maybelle" may be considered totaled according to the agent I spoke to. 

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Sorry to hear about your situation.  I'm guessing the water rose up, and seeped in, as opposed to a leak from above?

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yes, we received about 16 inches of water in about 48 hours. evidently my new neighborhood has crappy drainage.  

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WOW sorry this happen to your MKZ.  Hope it all turns out ok.

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So sorry to hear about this.  There's nothing you could have done to stop that much water.

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Insurance is going to total your car, but you can salvage it.

You will have to remove the carpet to get it dry. If you don't it may feel dry on the top side, but it will stay wet for weeks underneath.

After you get it dry spray it down with mildew eating enzymes to make sure that it will not start to smell.

Looking at those pictures reminded me of something my Father told me.

"Son never buy a house that sits lower than the road you live on"

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Fortunately, my house sits much higher than the road.

 

Unfortunately I just spoke with my insurance and they are qualifying "Maybelle" as a total loss. I will not be looking to salvage it, as today when I had to move it for my carport installation, I got a message to immediately shut down my engine, and when it started it sounded very rough. Thank you for your words of encouragement and I hope to find a new MKZ soon. 

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Unfortunately, some shyster used car guy will buy this at auction, dry it out, and sell it at top dollar to some poor, unsuspecting, misinformed, sap.

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1 hour ago, Chris109 said:

Unfortunately, some shyster used car guy will buy this at auction, dry it out, and sell it at top dollar to some poor, unsuspecting, misinformed, sap.

Indeed, Hopefully the insurance sends it out to the databases, I won't buy a car without a carfax/ vehicle history. I know its not 100% fool proof but its somewhat reassuring. Plus the engine is having problems. 

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6 hours ago, Chris109 said:

Unfortunately, some shyster used car guy will buy this at auction, dry it out, and sell it at top dollar to some poor, unsuspecting, misinformed, sap.

More than likely the title will reflect that it is a salvage car, and some states list the reason why it is salvaged.

I know this is the case in Ohio. Texas has been hit with a ton of vehicles that were listed as Flood Damage vehicles due to the big Hurricane, and many cars never even had any damage to them. But because FEMA and the wide spread damage through out the state many folks just cashed in on the disaster relief offered to them just to get a damage claim payout.

I purchased one of those vehicle, I contacted the previous owner and asked them about the severity of the damage. She stated that her house had eight inches of water throughout it and the car was in the garage at the time of the storm, she said that the bottom of the tires were the only thing that got wet. But because the government was subsidizing the claims she was told that she could claim the car and it was totaled out by the insurance company and she got a brand new Mercedes to replace her MKZ.

She just wanted a new car, and opportunity was knocking at the door.

And I bought a  mint, 29,000 mile loaded 2014 MKZ for $12,500.00 out the door. With absolutely no flood damage done to it.

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