Ford Motor Co. will need to scrap about 800 of its vehicles that were damaged due to Superstorm Sandy, according to Ford's chief sales analyst, Erich Merkle. These vehicles were destroyed primarily at the dealerships. To date, almost 17,000 new vehicles have been reported to be damaged by automakers due to the storm.
The majority of these vehicles will need to be scrapped. Last Wednesday, Chrysler Group said that 759 of its vehicles were lost. General Motors has so far not revealed just how many of its vehicles were lost. GM had only said that several new Chevrolet Spark subcompact sedans at a port were destroyed. He declined to provide a figure. Multiple dealerships have given donations to residents of the East Coast devastated by Sandy.
A semitrailer was filled by four Ford dealers from Hattiesburg, Miss., with canned goods, diapers, personal-care items, batteries and bottled water. These goods were sent to Dana Ford Lincoln in Staten Island, N.Y. to be distributed to residents there. Jimmy Walker, president of Laurel Ford-Lincoln in Laurel, Miss., organized the efforts.
Meanwhile, Tracy Beck, a South Dakota Chevrolet and Cadillac dealer, gave a donation of $2,500 to the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation emergency relief fund. The money will go to dealership workers devastated by Sandy. In the event of natural disasters, dealerships can submit applications to the fund on behalf of their employees. Last year, a total of $4,250 from the fund was given to four of Beck's employees to help fix their homes and property damaged because of the Missouri River flood.