Rockleigh (Volvo Cars of North America) took a nasty hit. I’ve never seen us close for two days. Laura in our PR department is still without power. This morning, she was on a quest for a cup of coffee, and only McDonald’s was open, and there was a 10 minute wait. Most importantly, it seems all our employees are okay.
While we wait and tally up what this means to our retailers, I was thinking back to the time when a cargo ship was sinking in thick fog on December 14, 2002 while carrying a load of BMW’s and Volvos (350 of them) bound for America. It was a really nasty ocean storm, and the ship and all of its cargo were deemed total scrap. Funny, I had a call from a guy in the Netherlands who wanted to buy all 350. Besides not being ours at that point, we can only wonder what he had in mind.
Which brings up an important point/issue you might face in the future. Be aware of flood damaged cars…any car. Problem is they may run just fine but the electronics could be damaged, especially the SRS and supporting systems. Ask for the title before buying. If it says Salvage, I’d pass on it.
This ship was sawed into BIG pieces by a cable saw, kind of like a really big cheese knife, absolutely amazing. Here are pictures of that ship that sunk in 2002.