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Έχουν περάσει σχεδόν τέσσερις μήνες από τον καταστροφικό τυφώνα Sandy που έπληξε τις ανατολικές ακτές των Η.Π.Α., προκαλώντας ανυπολόγιστες ζημιές σε πολλούς κλάδους.

Ένας από αυτούς ήταν και των αυτοκινήτων και όπως ανακοινώνει το Εθνικό Γραφείο Ασφαλιστικής Εγκλήματος (NICB), έπειτα από ανανεωμένη καταμέτρηση τα αυτοκίνητα που υπέστησαν ζημιές ανέρχονται πλέον στα 250.500 οχήματα με τα 15.000 εξ αυτών να τα έχουν μαζέψει στο αεροδρόμιο Calverton Executive Airpark, στο Lond Island που καταστράφηκαν από την καταστροφική καταιγίδα.

Συγκεκριμένα, στη Νέα Υόρκη η καταμέτρηση έδειξε 150.000 οχήματα και στο New Jersey 60.000, δύο πόλεις που αντιπροσωπεύουν το μεγαλύτερο μέρος των ζημιών. Η οργή της ​​καταιγίδας έφτασε ως τη Δυτική Βιρτζίνια με 1.000 οχήματα να καταστρέφονται, στο Μέιν 500 και στο Βερμόντ  άλλα 500, με την NICB να επισημαίνει ότι τα στοιχεία αυτά αντιπροσωπεύουν μόνο ασφαλισμένες απώλειες, χωρίς να τα ανασφάλιστα οχήματα.

Επίσης η NICB ότι πολλά από τα κατεστραμμένα οχήματα από το τυφώνα Sandy μπορεί να έχουν επισκευαστεί και να διατίθενται πάλι στην αγορά. Αν και δεν είναι παράνομο να πωλούν τα επισκευασμένα αυτά οχήματα, οι πωλητές είναι υποχρεωμένοι να αναφέρουν όλες τις πληροφορίες του οχήματος στους μελλοντικούς αγοραστές και για να αποτρέψει τυχόν απόκρυψη της αλήθειας το NICB προσφέρει δωρεάν έλεγχο του αριθμού πλαισίου του οχήματος για να εξακριβωθεί αν ένα όχημα έχει δηλωθεί ως κλεμμένο ή διασωσμένο.

[Πηγή: NICB | Photos Copyright: Doug Kuntz/ Splash News]

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NICB Update-Sandy Damaged Vehicles Surpass 250,000 Mark

DES PLAINES, Ill., Feb. 21, 2013 – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today announced revised estimates for the number of vehicles damaged as a result of Sandy.

The current estimate of vehicles damaged as a result of Sandy is now set at 250,500 based on claims processed by insurance companies. New York’s number increased from a previous level of 130,000 to 150,000.

This is the complete list of states generating Sandy-related vehicle damage claims in descending order:

New York 150,000 New Jersey 60,000 Connecticut 8,000 Maryland 5,500 Massachusetts 5,000 Virginia 4,500 Ohio 4,000 Pennsylvania 4,000 Delaware 2,000 New Hampshire 2,000 North Carolina 1,500 District of Columbia 1,000 Rhode Island 1,000 West Virginia 1,000 Maine 500 Vermont 500 Total 250,500

It is important to note that these are preliminary figures and may change as additional claims are received and processed. Also, these are insured losses only. There are certainly many uninsured vehicles that were damaged by Sandy and those numbers are not reflected in this information. Moreover, there is no determination as to the extent of damage to these vehicles. They could have sustained minor paint scratches from flying debris, or have been under water for days and rendered total losses.

By now there could be many Sandy damaged vehicles that are in the process of being reconditioned and sold to unsuspecting consumers all across the country. It is not illegal to buy or sell flood vehicles, or vehicles declared as salvage, as long as the parties to the sale are aware of the vehicle’s status. Consumers should be aware that severely damaged vehicles may appear advertised for sale without any indication that they were at all affected by Sandy. As always, buyers should be careful when considering a used vehicle purchase in the weeks and months following a disaster such as Sandy.

Consumers can download useful checklists and learn more about flood and salvage vehicle scams and post-disaster contractor repair schemes by visiting the NICB website here. Also, NICB’s VINCheck allows free consumer access to the vehicle salvage records of participating NICB member insurance companies who collectively provide 88 percent of the auto insurance in force today.

Anyone with information concerning vehicle theft and insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or by visiting our website at www.nicb.org. Or, iPhone or iPad users can download the NICB Fraud Tips app to make it easy to quickly send a tip and get a response.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $319 billion in insurance premiums in 2010, or approximately 80 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 94 percent ($152 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.