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.”
Ford and GM haven’t released damage estimates yet, but Honda and Acura are reporting a combined total 3,440 lost cars.
[Source: Automotive News]