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David Berry's Car Troubles Continue
Honda Prelude Deemed 'Flood Totaled'
March 16, 2004 3:30 PM
It’s been almost three weeks since David Berry found his car flooded in the Lot 20 basement at SF State and the car is still not drivable.
AAA does not tow lowered vehicles though, and Berry found himself in another hole. Berry called his boss, who had a friend who owned a tow truck, at work to help him out. They got it out around 7 p.m.
Though Berry finally got the car out of the garage, he’s not going anywhere else with it.
“Everything in the car is fried,” Berry said. “It was like a greenhouse in their for a while. Everything still stinks really bad, just putting your head inside for a couple of seconds makes you want to puke. I reached under the seat to try and get something and all I felt was slime.”
Berry said that the CD player deck is completely gone but the speakers in the back of the car still might be able to be salvaged.
“I had my insurance appraiser come down (March 2) to look at the car, and he is writing a report saying that the car was flood totaled,” Berry said. “The appraiser also told me that I might be able to get up to $1,000 for the stereo equipment lost.”
“When you buy a permit to park at SF State, it states that they are not responsible for any theft, or in this case flooding to your car,” Berry said.
Berry’s life has been different as he has been taking the bus and getting rides from friends. He says the main difference is getting ready to leave about 45 minutes earlier than he is used to. Berry is also ready to own a new car. He is looking at possibly getting a 1994 or 1997 Mazda Miata.
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