Car Dealerships on the East Coast Begin Assessing Post-Sandy Damages
Throughout the US, some 8-million people from 15 different states were left without electricity, and the total death toll of the storm is now at 29. Car brands have also been negatively affected by the storm, in terms of sales and damaged inventory. Ford is reporting that 800 of its dealerships have been affected by the storm, which will remain closed until tomorrow, or for longer, depending on their special and individual requirements.
New Jersey’s DCH Auto Group has closed nine of its stores, yet they do not know the exact state which they are in. Officials have said that: "Once it's safe to travel, we'll have managers travel to our dealerships to assess our damage [. . .] It's still a state of emergency, and officials are asking that all nonessential vehicles remain off the roads."
International Motors, of Falls Church, Virginia, which had about $60-million-worth of cars in their inventory at the time of the storm, have said: "Our store is fine. We have power, and there's no physical damage." It looks like the degree of damage varies greatly across the country, with the more affected areas predictably being the ones closest to the shore. We will bring you a more detailed report as soon as it becomes available.
Story via autonews.com