Hurricane Sandy Damaged Cars

Partially submerged cars in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.
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Partially submerged cars in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, but it has left lasting damage and destruction throughout the greater New York, New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut area in its wake. To assess the damage of a submerged or water flooded vehicle, consult a professional or your vehicle insurance company take a look at your vehicle. It is also important to know what type of water the car was submerged in. Salt water is corrosive and can do heavy damage not only to the body of the car but also to the electronics. If the car has been submerged in fresh water, rebuilding may be a possibility, but not the least expensive option.

Water Damage Statistics

Carfax offered a few interesting statistics about flood damage from hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane Floyd damaged 75,000 vehicles in 1999. In 2001 Tropical Storm Allison damaged more than 95,000 vehicles. Hurricane Ivan damaged more than 100,000 cars in 2004. Although we do not have specific numbers from Sandy yet, clearly the number of damaged or ruined vehicles will be very extensive – reported as up to as many as 250,000 cars.

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Flooded car donation

A water damaged, 1999 VW New Beetle, donated in NJ to Car Talk.