150,000 miles and several major repairs weren’t enough to kill the Wunderbarge. It went the way I never thought it would go. I just got a call from the insurance company. My baby, my first car, my 2001 Audi A8L Quattro, is a flood write-off. I’m off to collect my things from her and say goodbye. Farewell old friend, you were the most amazing first car a guy could ask for, far beyond what I had ever hoped I might get.

The saddest things is, a few months ago I was starting to feel sick and tired of my car. I was getting bored with it, and fed up with the constant repairs. Then, less than a month ago, I made a 14-hour round trip to Chicago to spend spring break with some friends. 14 hours on the interstate, with the cruise set at 83, and this old warhorse was still smoother, quieter, more comfortable, and had more reserve power left to give than most new cars I’ve driven. In short, I remembered exactly why I loved this car.

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I don’t know how exactly the flood damage came about; neither Maaco nor Audi could say for sure. All they knew is that somehow, during the obscene amount of rain we’ve gotten over the last 30 days, water and mud and debris somehow made its way in from below.