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This May Be The Saddest Craigslist Posting I've Ever Seen

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“Light water damage” reads the headline just above a picture of a Kia Sedona (labeled “Sorento”) up to its headlights in flood water. In what is among the saddest Craigslist ads I’ve ever laid eyes upon, the owner is apparently selling the car straight from the flooded streets of Houston.

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Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on southeast Texas, leaving citizens without food or water, and many cars utterly destroyed (an estimated 500,000 cars may wind up totaled). The pathetic Kia Sedona minivan in this Craigslist post is very possibly among those 500,000, but that’s not stopping the owner from trying to sell it. I think.

Here’s a look at the full listing:

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I don’t even know what’s going on with this bizarre ad. Is the Craigslister selling a Sorento or a Sedona? If the latter, isn’t “minor water damage” putting it a bit lightly? Also, why not wait until the car is, you know, out of the water before taking the photo? And what’s the point of mentioning a recent oil change? Doesn’t that seem largely irrelevant at this point?

And if this is actually an ad for a Sorento, not a Sedona—which it may be, since the listing says “type: SUV” and the Sedona in the image is not a 2005 model year like the ad claims—then what’s the deal with the random-ass flooded minivan in the picture? How’s that going to help you sell your SUV? Do Kia Sorentos and Sedonas look the same to you when they’re up to their eyeballs in water? Did you just snap a photo of the wrong flooded car by accident?

I contacted the seller for answers, but I’ll probably never hear back, because this is Craigslist— a seriously weird place filled with seriously weird people. Why I’m trying to find logic in one of its posting is beyond me. It’s totally futile.

But man am I curious to know the story behind that sad, gray, early-2000s, moist Kia Minivan struggling desperately to keep its snout above the floodwaters of Houston. Hang in there, little Kia minivan.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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I think $1800 would be the right price for a 12 year old Kia before the flood damage.