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Thousands of Cars to be Crushed After Superstorm Sandy

Thousands of Cars to be Crushed After Superstorm SandyThousands of Cars to be Crushed After Superstorm Sandy

A few weeks back, we looked at Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Auto Industry in our blog post. This week, we’ll update you on the latest news.

According to the Insurance Journal, the estimate of 230,000 insurance claims for vehicle damage remains unchanged. Thousands of vehicles are damaged beyond repair. In addition to sorting through the claims, there has been a huge issue of what to do with the cars.

Many of the flooded vehicles were towed to holding areas. From there, they are being loaded onto car haulers and taken to facilities to be crushed.

The damage has hurt individual owners and dealerships alike. In Brooklyn, NY, more than 7,000 brand new vehicles were parked in holding areas awaiting delivery to dealerships when Hurricane Sandy struck. The holding area was flooded with more than three feet of water.

All resources were initially directed towards disaster and emergency relief efforts. Now that the immediacy has passed, government agencies are trying to get these vehicles towed to the holding areas, where they will be identified and crushed.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is focusing its efforts on making sure the vehicles are identified. If you are looking to purchase a new car, be wary of buying any vehicle with previous water damage. Using the NICB’s VINCheck system, consumers can enter the VIN of a vehicle they are interested in purchasing to see if it has ever been declared as salvaged. Created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, consumers can use the system to ensure they aren’t swindled into purchasing a flood damaged car, and to determine if a vehicle had ever been reported as stolen.

You and your vehicles deserve quality Westchester County Auto Insurance from a responsive, community-based agency that always goes beyond just the policy. We invite you to request a courtesy auto insurance quote by calling (888) 639-4560.

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