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Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Cars Damaged by Hurricane Sandy Pass 250,000 Mark


(Cars.com)

Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed more than 250,000 cars, the National Insurance Crime Bureau said Thursday . The Des Plaines, Ill., agency noted that these preliminary figures only include insured cars whose owners filed claims after the October 2012 storm. Many more cars were likely damaged — cars without comprehensive insurance, for example, and thousands of dealership vehicles .

"If it was not insured for that kind of a loss, then it wouldn't generate an auto claim" to count in the figure, NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi said. NCIB also said the figure includes a wide variety of claims, from debris-caused dents to complete flood losses.

It goes without saying that the storm's death toll — more than 100 residents in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, The New York Times reported on Nov. 17 — outweighs all of this. NICB's tally crested the quarter-million mark largely due to an influx of claims in New York, which saw another 20,000 claims versus November's figures . Of the 250,500 total claims, 210,000 came from New Jersey and New York.

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By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 02/22/2013

 
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