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Toyota, Chrysler Group LLC, Nissan, Honda and their dealers plan to scrap more than 15,000 new vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy as the industry continues assessing the storm’s impact.

Nissan alone estimates more than 6,000 Nissan and luxury Infiniti brand cars and light trucks are “un-saleable” because of the storm, Travis Parman, a company spokesman, said late this week. Including used autos and those of individual owners, as many as 200,000 may have to be replaced, said Larry Dixon, senior analyst for the National Automobile Dealers Association.

“Total vehicles affected may be about one-third of what we saw with Hurricane Katrina, and that was about 600,000” used and new vehicles, Dixon, based in McLean, Virginia, said in a phone interview. “We don’t see replacement demand starting to accelerate until we’re into December.”

Sandy, the biggest Atlantic storm in U.S. history, raked New Jersey, New York and the surrounding region with winds of as much as 100 miles (161 kilometers) an hour and led to at least 100 deaths. The storm’s surge of more than 13 feet (4 meters) inundated transit tunnels and underground utilities, destroyed homes and eroded natural barriers such as beaches after it struck Oct. 29.

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