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We got hit hard yesterday and last night with rain. Tow truck driver in downtown caught these pictures of the Jeep plant storage lot flooding last night.
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Total loss with that much water. Those Jeeps will have to be scrapped. Tough break, but somebody had to know damned well that was a major flood risk to have 3-4’ of water there…
 

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Anybody think the semiconductors can be pulled from those vehicles?
Easy enough to pull computers, I'd think, I wonder if the interiors were touched by the water. Not all the vehicles were hit, apparently, some are clearly high-and-dry, so it might be a few dozen only.
 

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They could be sold for scrap, and still a lot of useable parts could be salvaged.

But they'll probably end up going some other salvage route, then cleaned up, and resold many states away from where the flooding was.

Then years from now, when the owners start having problems with their vehicles, that's when a more thorough inspection will be done of their car, and it will be discovered it was a flood vehicle.

The right thing to do would be the dealership gets the insurance $, and they go direct to the crusher.

But once payment is made, they belong to the insurance company.
 

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They cannot afford to lose one vehicle with the shortage.

Insurance will cover it, but it is not like a customer sale.
 

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They cannot afford to lose one vehicle with the shortage.

Insurance will cover it, but it is not like a customer sale.
They need to hope insurance covers it. If that lot was in a flood zone (no way it couldn’t be) they may NOT be covered for assets in the flood plain.
 
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No dealerships involved, these vehicles are still in Jeep custody, and I doubt they will be sleazy about it.
It wouldn't be Jeep that does anything with them, but if the insurance company covers them, then they belong to the insurance company which might decide to sell them at auction houses. Where they end up after that can be anyone's guess.
 

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In normal times, large numbers of vehicles aren't stored like this, and since these aren't "finished" vehicles and the flood zone question, (where I live the Fed gov't has declared flood zones that haven't seen water since Noah), I have to wonder what type of insurance the car companies have. Can STELLANTIS just call and ask for " Jake "?
 

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If those vehicles were here in Texas, this is what could happen to them:

".....Texas law allows flood-cars to be resold, as long as their history is disclosed to the buyer with a new title that labels it as “damaged”.

The insurance will total it, and they will wholesale it out, and when they wholesale it out, somebody can apply for a salvage title and get it running again and resale it. And that salvage title will state, salvage or rebuilt or whatever on there, but it won’t be just a clean title. Buyer beware…ever so buyer beware,....."

 

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In normal times, large numbers of vehicles aren't stored like this, and since these aren't "finished" vehicles and the flood zone question, (where I live the Fed gov't has declared flood zones that haven't seen water since Noah), I have to wonder what type of insurance the car companies have. Can STELLANTIS just call and ask for " Jake "?
If these can't be considered "finished" vehicles, because they weren't ready to sold, then they really aren't anything more than just a bunch of parts.

What kind of insurance would there be on parts?
 
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If these can't be considered "finished" vehicles, because they weren't ready to sold, then they really aren't anything more than just a bunch of parts.

What kind of insurance would there be on parts?
Some companies have insurance on WIP (work in process). Regardless, Stellantis will only be reimbursed for the value of the vehicles and will lose the profit on each one that is declared a loss.
 

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I certainly don't know the area, but this story seems to suggest that the vehicles in this area are ready and awaiting transport:

Stellantis shipping yard flooded in Detroit, Jeep and Ford production disrupted
"A flooded shipping yard near the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit is filled with what appear to be new Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles.

Photos posted by Jeep owners on social media spotlighted dozens of submerged vehicles with water over their windshields. While the vehicles look like Jeep Grand Cherokees, the company was unable to confirm on Saturday night the actual makes and models of the vehicles as they were under water.

"The pictures are of a shipping yard near the JNAP plant, which was also impacted by the severe weather," Stellantis told the Free Press on Saturday.

The flooded site is a central shipping yard where vehicles are held in the lot as they await transport to dealers around the country, Stellantis said.

Vehicles of all kinds are temporarily stored in the area, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Dodge Durango, minivans, Chargers, Challengers and trucks, Stellantis said. This is a waiting point prior to being picked up to go on trains.

The Auburn Hills automaker declined to specify how many vehicles were affected, what would happen with those vehicles or whether more than one storage site was impacted.

"An assessment will be conducted on the condition of vehicles in the yard. We have no additional information to share at this time," Stellantis told the Free Press."

 
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