Flood-proof car bag, anyone?

 

Floody Carbag

Due to the nonstop rains, we are now seeing floodwaters in Metro Manila and nearby provinces that remind us of Typhoon Ondoy. As in the catastrophic deluge three years ago, we are now also witnessing cars floating or being submerged in water. Definitely bad news for car owners who live in low-lying areas or places prone to flooding.

Their question: What can they do to "flood-proof" their cars?

We here at TopGear.com.ph are now way past the usual list of wet-weather driving tips or reminders about what to do with our cars during a prolonged downpour. Even the best flood-driving tips are no match for weather like this.

But as we scoured the Internet today for practical flood-proof solutions, we stumbled upon this, the Floody Carbag. We found this on a newly created--how convenient (or opportunistic?)--Facebook page supposedly authored by Standard Insurance. The ad for this product purports that this is proudly Philippine-made and that it holds a Philippine patent.

The Floody Carbag is essentially a huge plastic sack big enough to envelop an entire vehicle, which supposedly provides watertight enclosure via zippers. Below are the five steps detailed in the ad (see actual ad below):

* Unzip - "Spread the carbag flat on the ground. Undo the zippers."

* Park - "Drive the car at the center of the bag, either front or rear first."

* Zip up - "Once the car is parked squarely in the middle, close the zippers."

* Lock - "Roll the front end of the bag. Bring both edges together. Fasten the hooks, then place on top of the car's hood or trunk so that no water will seep in."

* Anchor - "Secure the two harnesses around the car. Affix it to a very steady and sturdy structure, such as a foundation post."

The Floody Carbag also features "safety reflectors for night visibility, and easy tie-down strap with hooks."

For how much? The sellers posted the following prices for the carbag: P9,950 for small to medium cars, andP14,950 for SUVs and AUVs.

How to purchase one? We have no idea. But they also posted the following contact numbers for orders: (02) 843-8707 and (02) 843-8708.Any takers?

Floody Carbag

Floody Carbag

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  • d.lake Aug 07 2012 @ 09:28pm
    very late! metro manila is already 90% flooded hahaha. sayang walang nakagamit
  • jayvee99 Aug 07 2012 @ 09:33pm
    sana bukas yung sa gulong parang submarine para magamit pag pasok :)
    • dextermorgan Aug 08 2012 @ 12:33pm
      oo tapos ung usok nung tamubucho sa luob nang plastci suffocation naman :))
  • rollakid690 Aug 07 2012 @ 09:39pm
    What I want to know is that once the car's been zipped inside and all, how certain could I be that water won't leak in? I'm just not that convinced about it yet, since zippers are used to seal in the car and there was no mention about it being air tight, which should be a main feature.

    I'm not putting this down in any way, though. Just in need of clarification. I tried contacting their fb page, and have yet to get an answer.
  • GotToRead Aug 07 2012 @ 09:40pm
    Wait wait wait pano yung matutulis na bagay tulad ng yero, mga kahoy na may pako etc. etc., hindi ba agad mabubutas to? Considering na sa ibang binabahang parte ng Pinas malakas agos ng tubig.
  • HD Aug 07 2012 @ 10:01pm
    I think TopGear ought to review this to see if it really works. How watertight is it? Will it be prone to punctures from floating debris? Will the hooks and straps be able to keep the car from floating away? If it really works as advertised - I am sure whoever is making/marketing this will not hesitate to send you a review sample. P10k is not unreasonable for something that can prevent several hundred thousand pesos worth of repair bill for a flooded car.
  • old_school_cars Aug 07 2012 @ 10:13pm
    Just my 2 cents 9k or 14 is a bit pricey pwede na ako bumili ng pang tambak para tumaas ang garage or better yet bring my car to a parking building spend 300 to 400 pesos instead of gambling in using this (just being realistic) and last with 14k i will just need to add alittle more makaka acts of god na ako. I mean if you guys in my shoe makakaya nyo ba na manood na lumulubog kotse nyo while inside the bag? Again its just my 2 cents.
    • d.lake Aug 07 2012 @ 10:49pm
      may point nga naman. dapat mas mura pa to
    • dextermorgan Aug 08 2012 @ 12:35pm
      ako rin hanap nalng ako parking building
  • dohc_ivtec Aug 07 2012 @ 10:24pm
    dapat vacuum sealed para hapit.
  • yokam888 Aug 07 2012 @ 10:42pm
    the anchor/s should be at the base at all 4 corners, not on top with just 2 straps. kasi pag lumutang yan (and tyak lulutang talaga yan) it wont prevent the vehicle from being slammed into the foundation posts its attached to. but generally, this is a good idea, i doubt it would really be 100% waterproof but the car will definitely be protected. and i agree with old_school_cars, 14k is too steep. mas mabuti pang mag AoG insurance ka nalang.
    • jojo204200 Aug 08 2012 @ 07:28am
      Kahit may AOG ka, abala ang pagpapagawa at morally nakaka-frustrate.
  • miveclancer Aug 07 2012 @ 10:55pm
    Nice idea if it really is true. The inventor should test it thoroughly and maybe topgear should be there when he tests it. It would complement an acts of god insurance policy as well.
  • Kim John Aug 07 2012 @ 11:04pm
    does it float?
  • dragun Aug 08 2012 @ 12:34am
    "Floody"? Seriously?
  • torquebender Aug 08 2012 @ 06:44am
    necessity:the mother of all inventions.
  • jesslink Aug 08 2012 @ 07:41am
    I want to see it in real scenario...mahal pa naman yung kotse ginawang model...
  • wart_les Aug 08 2012 @ 11:19am
    STORAGE Car bag should bear the name and being more appropriate.
    1.0 Consider it is AIR tight, during FLOOD it will add BUOYANCY to your car which can contribute moving tendencies depending the current directions...
    2.0 The STUFF is good as CAR STORAGE Bag.
  • markdejesus76 Aug 08 2012 @ 03:06pm
    Bili ka nlang ng malaking plastik. Less than 500. Ibalot mo yung sasakyan mo dun. Buhol mo sa tuktok para hindi pasukan ng tubig. Tipid ka pa ng Php.9500 .
    • ashek268 Aug 09 2012 @ 01:40pm
      You must have all the right answers, Boy.
  • jrnakaduke Aug 08 2012 @ 03:17pm
    You may need to really secure the car (anchor it) from being carried away by floodwater once it floats.
  • ChairmanPineapple Aug 09 2012 @ 09:31pm
    i hope the editors of topgear philippines will make a review on this product and actual test to see kung effective ito or hindi. I am not taking chances with this one till there are actual test, my car is my ultimate partner
  • Feeter Silverster Aug 18 2012 @ 08:41pm
    I just watched this carbag in Kapuso mo Jessica Soho, they submerged this bag (with car inside) in a thigh- deep water for 2 hours. The wrapped car floats and after releasing the water, the car is safely operated. I think sulit sya...
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