The impact of Hurricane Sandy on vehicles

November 9, 2012 12:00 AM

With Hurricane Sandy now safely away from the U.S., many citizens on the East Coast are starting to clean up their properties and rebuild. The largest Atlantic storm in the country's history did a lot of damage to possessions, and that includes many vehicles.

According to AutoBlog, around 15,000 new automobiles from manufacturers such as Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan and Honda were destroyed to the point where they will be scrapped completely. Many of these models were located at dealerships shuttered for the storm, or, in the case of Toyota, stored at a port facility hit hard by the hurricane. While many dealers moved cars to higher ground before the storm, several thousands were still damaged by heavy rain, high wind and debris, Reuters reports. The number of affected vehicles is expected to grow once official numbers from Ford and GM, two of the largest manufacturers, are reported.

In addition to new vehicles on sale lots, many personal automobiles were affected by the storm. The National Automobile Dealers Association believes that anywhere between 100,000 and 250,000 personal cars were destroyed. Those with only minor damage will likely look to auto repair to help fix the issues inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, but there is expected to be a spike in new car purchases along the East Coast, the news source reports. 

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