im looking at a salvage title car for sale and i know you usually stay away form salvage cars but it was flooded in a recent rain storm and has been repaired following the storm. what should i look for and is it worth buying?


Asked by Sep 12, 2014 at 08:46 PM about the 1984 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Start with your nose. How does it smell? I had a Suburban once that went "swimming" Removed and replaced the carpet and it was fine. No funky smell and drove fine.

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By repaired do you mean that they got it back running? Or did they remove and replace all electrical components, wiring harnesses, completely flush engine and trans, (where water goes so goes dirt-dirt in oil equals liquid sand paper). Ect. I know it's tempting cause I have also been tempted to get one myself but I hear horror stories of flooded vehicles having major issues after they had supposedly been fixed. Buyer beware.

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In your case, when a car is flooded water gets in to the wiring, even though they said it has been repaired you just can't get to the water that get in deep so corrosion starts do it's nasty work, as it is slow the damage won't be noticed for a long time, if you do purchase it then you had better start looking for a complete harness assembly, all of the instrumentation, electric motors, anything the is electrically powered, that should do it electrically, then you have the power train, water can cause pitting of all bearings, including those in the gear boxes engine, rear end, C/V joints, etc. Then there is the silt that can get washed into every nook and cranny on the vehicle that can contain all kinds of smelly stuff that may not be noticeable right away, then you don't know how much of the stuff got in the drivetrain. Check your options and good luck.

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Moisture is a vehicle's worst enemy! If it was hail damage, a minor accident, or even a minor fire (strong emphasis on MINOR) I'd say go for it. Drive it and enjoy it. But water damage can be a never ending nightmare! I'm actually looking at a hail damaged Firebird right now. Not major damage but it's an older model V6 car so the insurance company totalled it. HTH. -Jim

John Carson

First of all, the 1984 Corvette is perhaps the lowest price Corvette on the market right now. It was the first year for the C-4 Corvette and there was a lot of problems with them. The resale value also was low because it was a low HP car due to the smog regulations. What you are looking at is a complete body off restoration. Non flooded, good condition, low mileage Corvettes are going for five grand. They bring a lot of problems, and now your adding what tennisshoes is telling you. $2,000 tops. You will drop an easy 10 grand to make sure everything is good to go and working like new. The key word there was working.

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