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Shop Left My Car Outside, Now The Carpet Is Soaked

Discussion in 'General Mustang Discussion' started by CUAviator, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. CUAviator

    CUAviator "I wanna go fast..."

    I live in VABeach/Norfolk and my '65 Fastback is currently in the shop getting its new transmission. Over the past few weeks (beginning of Feb), we have had a ton of rain and snow. Fast forward to today, I stopped by the shop to check on my car and noticed the floors inside were soaked. They mentioned that it had been left outside and the rain caught them off guard and noticed it was leaking. WTF.

    So what I am asking is - what do I do about it? They still have the car. I'm totally p***ed.
     
  2. KBMWRS

    KBMWRS What did the moron say today?

    Call your insurance and make a claim against them for interior? Not sure if they would handle that.
    do you have the car back?
     
  3. CUAviator

    CUAviator "I wanna go fast..."

    I like that idea. I don’t have the car back yet. And I’m afraid the inside will be dry by that time. But the undermatting will most definitely be ruined.
     
  4. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    The repair shop should have insurance to cover claims like this. Have your insurance company contact their insurance company, and let the agents duke it out.
    On the other hand, the cost to replace the carpet is probably less than your comprehensive deductible...

    I'd be more worried about possible incipient rust developing on the floor boards.
     
  5. 70 StangMan

    70 StangMan Well-Known Member Donator

    I hate incipient rust.
     
  6. SkidMark

    SkidMark Member

    Why is the inside wet? Cowl leaking? Windows left down? If its the cowl, I don't think any insurance company will cover that.
     
  7. B67FSTB

    B67FSTB The NorCal dude from Belgium

    Same thinking here.
     
  8. CUAviator

    CUAviator "I wanna go fast..."

    I’m actually not exactly sure where it’s leaking. I think it may be from the windshield.
     
  9. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

    Did you know it had a leak and tell them to keep it indoors? If not, I doubt there is much you can do. Sucks, but not many cars have leak troubles anymore and I doubt they even think about that. Sure, people like US are used to it, but for the most part, you're talking about working with morons.
     
  10. CUAviator

    CUAviator "I wanna go fast..."

    It’s a classic car restoration shop. It’s pretty much all they think about. But yes, I did tell them. AND, the owner said “we keep the cars inside as a courtesy to our customers”. Ergo, I thought I would have been extended that courtesy.
     
  11. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

    You're golden then. Time for the shop to pay up!
     
  12. zray

    zray who said Beer ?

    First things first, the blame game is secondary to your car's health.

    By that I mean, Most importantly, pay the shop for the work they've done and get the car home. Take out the seats and take out the carpet. That is the best thing to do to mitigate any MORE damage, and successfully determine what rust repairs you need NOW. The sooner the better. Once that's done you can proceed with damages claim.

    The worst thing you can do is let the car sit at the repair shop, unattended, while that carpet is soakin' wet. Remember, "rust never sleeps" as Neil Young and Rustoleum have told us many times.

    Z
     
  13. Horseplay

    Horseplay Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm different (shut up {.}) but I wouldn't get too worked up about this. A soggy carpet will dry and not need replaced. This sounds a lot like a leaky cowl for which the shop has no liability. Nor are they required to keep your car indoors unless you specifically instructed such and they agreed. Better news is rust doesn't destroy metal overnight. First surface rust will develop and it takes time, lots of it to do any real damage.

    Pay for the work when finished and take it home and pull the seats and carpet as suggested. Clean up the floor pan(s) removing any surface rust that might have developed and then start making the necessary repairs or improvements. I highly suggest treating the floor to some coating that will protect the metal from future water infiltration. Unless you fix that leaky cowl a sudden shower or such WILL get you someday. A good 2K epoxy will work or maybe go a step further and lay down a spray liner/sound-deadener and get extra benefit from your effort.
     

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