The National Insurance Crime Bureau of Des Plaines says that more than 230,000 vehicles in 15 states were damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Sandy.
New York is on the first place with the most vehicles damaged by the storm, 130,000 units, followed by New Jersey with 60,000. The rest of 40,000 vehicles were reported from Delaware, Maine, Connecticut, District of Columbia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.
These are only preliminary figures, as day by day the National Insurance Crime Bureau receives more claims which are being processed. The bureau cannot exactly determine the extend of damage to these cars, which can vary from a minor paint scratch to total destruction after the vehicle has been under water for several days.
“Total vehicles affected may be about one-third of what we saw with Hurricane Katrina, and that was about 600,000. We don’t see replacement demand starting to accelerate until we’re into December,” Larry Dixon, a NADA senior analyst, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
Officials warn customers to be careful what cars they buy, as severely damaged vehicles may be on sale without the indication that they were affected by Hurricane Sandy.