Sandy Totalled Car Toll Rises to Estimated 200K

Sandy Totalled Car Toll Rises to Estimated 200K
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Up to 200,000 units might need to be replaced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy according to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).

That figure includes both automaker losses and the combined tally of individually owned vehicles. Nissan estimates that it lost 6,000 vehicles between its two brands. That number doesn’t put Sandy in the same category as Hurricane Katrina, but it’s still devastating.

“Total vehicles affected may be about one-third of what we saw with Hurricane Katrina, and that was about 600,000″ used and new vehicles, NADA senior analyst Larry Dixon said to Automotive News. “We don’t see replacement demand starting to accelerate until we’re into December.”

Toyota and Lexus were also hard hit, counting some at least 3,000 cars that will be scrapped and another 1,300 that are being examined.

Ford and GM haven’t released damage estimates yet, but Honda and Acura are reporting a combined total 3,440 lost cars.

Exotic car manufacturer Fisker also saw losses with 320 vehicles awaiting shipment in a New Jersey port trashed during the storm, 18 of which caught fire.

[Source: Automotive News]