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I found out about Hurricane Ian whilst traveling abroad and had no time to have my Karma taken out of my garage and parked in a local hotel's multistory (like I did for the last big Hurricane).

My garage flooded with 8.5 inches of sea water...

Upon my return, the car powers up, says the HV battery is fully charged but then I get the dreaded 'red battery with exclamation point' error...

It's an insurance claim right now. I will need to find out what the true damage is and how much it would cost to repair. With Hurricane Sandy in mind, and what that storm did to 300 Karmas, do you think mine is terminally dead?

I'm hoping it's fixable. What's at the flood height that could have triggered this failure?

My house flooded and we had considerable wind damage but my damaged Karma is my biggest regret...

Thoughts?

Simon
 

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It's a goner. I have 3 victims en route to me already. The water inevitably penetrates the battery. Beyond that, every electrical item in the car will corrode rapidly with the salt tracking on the circuit boards. Thats what set the Sandy cars on fire up here at the port. Do yourself a big favor and pull the HV MSD fuse and disconnect the 12v battery ASAP and even better yet if you can get it into neutral get it out of the garage.
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I actually just re read your OP. I thought you said 8.5 feet but you said inches.it may be saveable I have new battery packs and all the HV harnesses will need to be replaced but I have all that new in the warehouse. Suggest telling the insurance to have it shipped up to me.

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I didn't have internet here on Cape Coral for a week or so after the storm, so missed Joe's thoughtful reply (I had to drive miles north just for emails!). In the meantime, I reached out to the Karma dealer in Naples. They maintain they have the tools and expertise to fix any issues that are fixable. We shall see - there's going to be an assessment before any work is done.

Just to give an idea of the height that the storm surge got, check out the tide mark on the gas cylinder...

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I just received a rather abrupt notification from my insurance company saying that my Karma is an "Obvious Total Loss". I get the impression that they didn't try very hard to see how it could be saved. Naples Motor Sport were a also a little disappointing - they picked my car up and then did nothing with it for several days and then stated that after taking a lot of the underside apart and disconnecting many things, that they weren't going to put the car back together again for safety reasons (and then despite my request, they let the insurance company pick up the car without taking the license plate off (or removing any residual personal items from the car)).

Not how I wanted my relationship with my beloved Karma to end...
 
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That car may be a total loss in the eyes of your insurance company, but that doesn't mean that its not legal for them to sell it. Typically, the owner of a total loss vehicle is given the first right of refusal as to the purchase of the salvaged vehicle from the insurance company. If it were me, I would contract the insurance company and ask to purchase it, if nothing else but for a piece of rolling art work. You should be able to buy it for a nominal fee. Once you get the car back, and when you have the check in hand from your insurance company, send it off to Fisker Philly or Fixter or wherever you choose and have it repaired.

End result: You get your baby back and probably another $20k unspent balance in your pocket. And it's all 100% legal.

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That's probably what needs to happen...

I just pray that the insurance company has not done damage to the car during their inspections...
 

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My last post was somewhat prescient - as it turned out, the idiots that transported my Karma to the insurance inspection "yard" had demonstrated their idiocy.

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The photo above looks quite innocuous at first until you recall that the hood should hinge at the front. So somehow, these folks had succeeded in ripping the hood off!

...as far as I know, they might have been transporting the car around their "yard" on a forklift (which is something I saw them do when I visited the premises). A truly horrible experience - a warning for us all.

With that, I took the money, which I will stick in my piggy-bank just in case another suitable Karma comes along.

So, with that, see you all later when/if I find that replacement.

Thank you for everyone's engagement over the years.

Simon

(With a tear in my eye - thinking of better days)

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