Last month’s floods in Kerala left many parts of God’s Own Country under water. Over 483 people were killed by these floods and at least a million people were evacuated from flood-hit areas with around 1/6th of the population of the state affected by the high waters. (If you wish to lend a helping hand to the people of Kerala, please make your donations to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund by clicking here.) When people were forced to flee the rising waters, they left their homes and their possessions, including their cars, behind. We take a look at five expensive cars that were damaged by the Kerala floods.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is one of the most expensive cars currently on sale in India with a price tag of Rs crore. The car seen here is a two-year-old Series 2 Ghost, which was left behind when the flood waters rose in Kerala’s Thrissur region. A dark brown line can be seen on the side of the pristine white body paint of the Ghost, indicating how high the floodwaters rose, which unfortunately means that getting this roller back in action is going to to be rather painful and expensive restoration as there is a very good chance that the water crept into the engine bay and played havoc with the 6.6-litre twin-turbo engine from BMW.
The Porsche Cayenne is the German carmaker’s largest SUV on sale today with prices starting at Rs crore. Unfortunately for the owner of the Cayenne seen above, the muddy flood water seeped into each and every corner of the German luxury SUV’s body flooding the interiors and the engine bay.
Every section of the car, including the interior trim pieces, the engine bay and the exterior body panels, are covered in a thick layer of mud, which will take ages and a big wad of money to restore back to its original condition.
The Mercedes GLS is considered to be the S-Class of SUVs, thanks to the crazy levels of luxury and tech the German carmaker stuffs into it. Prices for the Mercedes GLS in India start at Rs 85.67 lakh.
Unfortunately for the owner of this GLS, the raging waters that flooded the state also made its way above the bonnet of this SUV, which could have caused serious damage to the engine. The muddy waters also made their way into the car’s interiors which have been left with a thick layer of soil on them and look a far cry from their usually pristine nature.
This Mercedes E-Class has surely seen better days considering the fancy number plate that adorns its front bumper. Unfortunately for the owner of this E-Class sedan, which seems to be a previous-gen model, the floodwaters clambered over the roof of his luxury car, which is the reason why it’s on the back of a flatbed truck on its way to hopefully a new lease of life. Prices for the current E-Class start at Rs 59.6 lakhs.
The Jeep Compass has become the darling of the Indian public since its arrival. From Bollywood actors to the common man, many Indians have flocked to the iconic American SUV brand’s affordable SUV. Unfortunately for the owner of this Jeep Compass, its brush with the flood waters has left muck up almost the entire height of its windscreen, and this SUV will need a whole lot time and TLC to get back on its feet. Prices for the new Jeep Compass Start at Rs 15.35 lakhs.