My wife drove our 156 JTS Sele through a flood in York over xmas. The car died and wouldn't re-start and we got recovered by the AA back to my father in laws house. The insurance have since written it off (CAT C) and a payout is on the way.
A sad end for the car, although i suspect it may not be the end as from our initial analysis we thought swapping the big ends over would solve the problem. The car starts and drives (after hoovering 10 gallons of water from the engine and inlet manifold). My brother in law who is a mechanic, said he thought there was no internal damage aside from a slight flat spotting on the big end bearings. The sump was full of water, which was our next job...
My insurance company didn't even compression test the car before writing it off, and although they offered me salvage of the vehicle I am too busy at work to take their offer up. Additionally the engineer valued it at 2.5k, which was over 1k more than I would value it at. So all in all, it wasn't in my interest to turn down their offer.
Would be a great well loved car to try and get the salvage of. I spent 100's on it (carefully welding and prepping all the underside only a few weeks ago
) As i said, it starts, but hasn't been fully checked over. The engineer remarked on how nice it was, and said it was worth fixing commenting how rare it was, but then the insurance firm just wrote it off. It seems no one wants the hassle. It could be there's nothing wrong with it?
My brother in law might want to buy it, but any idea how i would now get the car back (its officially been sold to the insurance company) although hasn't been collected by their agents yet.