Number of vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy surpasses 250,000

February 22, 2013 12:00 AM

It's been months since Hurricane Sandy left a trail of wreckage across the Mid-Atlantic region, but news is still coming out about the damage along the East Coast. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) announced that the number of vehicles damaged by the superstorm has surpassed 250,000 vehicles. Most of the destruction was in New York and New Jersey, but states from Maine to Ohio also reported claims. 

According to The New York Daily News, the numbers don't reflect the different levels of damage that could have affected vehicles. Claims could be anything from nicks in the paint from loose tree branches to completely flooded automobiles, but anything that requires some kind of car repair was included. 

The cost of fixing all of the claims could run as high as $25 billion, In Auto News reports. 

The NICB recommends that consumers be on alert if they're planning on purchasing a pre-owned car soon. Automobiles that were affected by the storm could be sold without any warning of damage. These vehicles could need extensive and costly maintenance, so drivers should use caution when shopping around for a ride. 

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