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Please Keep Your Head Above Water!

Dear fellow Barn Find readers this is just a friendly reminder/heads-up. We hope that you and yours are safe as you celebrate tonight and if your in Missouri, hopefully your on some high ground! With all the flooding that has and is occurring now, please be careful with your next purchase of any vehicle. This is not a joke, the market will be “flooded” with vehicles that were not on high ground. Some sellers may not be totally honest in providing the history of the water content of what they are trying to sell you. Remember to be careful and don’t drive through the rising water. Please, have a safe and happy New Years!



  1. Avatar photo Hard Drive

    Thank you Robert. I am in St.Louis and it’s truly a mess. Thankfully my home and shop haven’t been affected, but my thoughts go not to those who weren’t so lucky.

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  2. Avatar photo Christopher Johnson

    Thanks for the well wishes! The river rose to within 4 feet of getting in my shop in SW MO. While it was nerve-racking, Others were not so fortunate. There is going to be a lot of cold, miserable work for those affected. Be Safe First, then do what you can do, even if it is sending prayers.
    Best Wishes!

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  3. Avatar photo Rob

    Have a Happy New Year From Montana!!

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  4. Avatar photo Robert

    Thanks my Barn Yard Friend, Be safe, Have FUN, Happy New Year, GOD BLESS U and YOURS. Robert T.

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  5. Avatar photo randy

    Yes, we got 10″ of rain last weekend, but we live on the side of the mountain, it all went past us pretty quickly! Our road to town was cut off as well. Finally got to town today in S.E. Oklahoma.

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  6. Avatar photo Mark S

    Glad to here you are on high ground Randy.happy new year to all you gear heads from Calgary Alberta Canada.sunnyest city in the west.

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  7. Avatar photo Howard A Member

    Happy New Year to all ( this old fart was snoring by 9:30) I do feel very sorry for folks in natural disasters. Like, they didn’t ask for that and lives turned totally upside down. Aside from the rare tornado ( and drunk drivers, Wis. is #1 in the nation) things are pretty stable in N.Wis. Our land doesn’t shake, or turn into mud, or burn, so generally, Wisconsin doesn’t experience those things. And if you can’t spot a “flood vehicle” a mile away, ( usually pretty obvious) have someone knowledgeable check the vehicle out. Could be the best money spent. Can’t wait to see “Robert’s Finds” in 2016.

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  8. Avatar photo Blindmarc

    May all have a great 2016. Love the site! From central east coast Florida……

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  9. Avatar photo Jose

    Hope you guys have a great and prosperous new year.

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  10. Avatar photo Glen

    Happy New Year from Haliburton County, Ontario. (where it’s snowing) I’m hoping for a better year in 2016, to many funerals last year.

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  11. Avatar photo D. King

    This is a timely reminder for Missouri and other states, but I would always recommend it for cars from Houston, as well as the Gulf Coast and much of Florida.

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  12. Avatar photo JW

    Just got back to Kansas City area from northern Illinois visiting family, crossed the Mississippi at Hannibal Missouri and the Illinois River and both were out of there banks. It was posted on I-55 in Springfield, Illinois that I-55 & I-44 were shut down in the St. Louis area due to flooding. Hope everyone had a safe New Year and all of us have prosperous 2016.

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  13. Avatar photo Marty Member

    Inspecting any car as carefully as possible before buying is always important of course, but with respect to flood cars, remember that flash floods happen in ALL 50 states. Buying a car from California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, etc, may lessen the odds of getting a disguised or cleaned-up flood car, but does not eliminate those odds entirely. As well, it’s very common that cleaned-up flood cars are moved to other states for re-sale. The damage can vary widely, and most of us know there is a lot more involved than just ‘wet carpet’. Some of the factors include; fresh or salt water, immersion depth, length of time submerged, how many electronics the car is/was equipped with, what was done (or not done) with the car afterward to mitigate the damage, and how long after the immersion it was or wasn’t done, etc, these are just a few.

    Most states require the title of a flood car to be forever branded as such. It goes without saying that flood cars should generally be avoided.

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