Post Sandy car sales surge on Long lsland
Car sales on Long Island are currently experiencing their own (post-Sandy) storm surge as residents rush to replace vehicles destroyed by floodwaters and falling trees, etc. In fact, New York suffered the most car damage from Hurricane Sandy, with at least 130,000 insurance claims filed.
As a result, local dealers now report that they sold 71% more new cars and trucks in the weeks following Sandy than during the same period of time in 2011.
According to a recent survey, Cadillac sales were up 75% from November 2011 (rising to 486 cars), while Chevrolet rose 79% (to 1,118 vehicles), and Hyundai sales climbed by 86% (1,966 cars). Even Jeep sales rose by 64% (1,591), followed by Dodge at 63% (544 vehicles) and Ford at 59% (1,692 vehicles). Meanwhile, sales for the Island’s two most popular brands, Toyota and Honda reportedly doubled.
“I’ve been selling cars for 40 years, and I have never seen this kind of buying,” stated Denis Dagger, general manager for Smithtown Toyota in Suffolk County. “People are buying cars for the whole family.”
Gains in November followed weak sales in October, when new cars registered were actually down by 16% from the previous year.