13 November 2012

Video: Classic car owners recount Hurricane Sandy devastation

Hurricane Sandy took a devastating toll on many residents of the East Coast. Classic car owners recount how they survived the super storm, how their classic cars fared, and their plans for rebuilding their lives. Stay tuned.

 


24 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Mark Brandon, MS November 28, 2012 at 17:15
    As a Mississippian who has watched my state slowly recover from Hurricane Katrina, kudos to Hagerty for a touching video. The comments from the victim customer who said that Hagerty overnighted a check to him was very encouraging to know that Hagerty showed true American character and kindness in the face of such tragedy. My wife and I were NYC to watch the NYC marathon, which was cancelled of course. We had the opportunity to volunteer on Staten Island one day while we were there. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this terrible storm. They continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
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    Lynn Texas November 28, 2012 at 18:19
    I feel for yall-We've had 2 major hurricanes-2005 and 2008. We have flooded 3 times-I have thrown away 3 entire households over the years.,and rehabbed the interior of our house 3 times. Now, we just save our 'Vettes ('82 CE & '99 Lingenfelter sc) and take our important stuff(papers, pix,valuables). The rest is just stuff, but the first time is the worst. It's all about insurance-home, flood,wind and Hagerty . Be strong-you're Americans, dig in and square it back up. We do Hurricane Season every year on the Gulf Coast-so it never ends!
  • 3
    Jim Naples, Florida November 29, 2012 at 16:44
    My heart goes out to those with a loss. I think it is very sad that our govenment gives 40 Billion away in foreign aid every yeaar but not to the taxpayers with such terrible losses.
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    Rick Carter Stockton, California November 29, 2012 at 18:09
    Well, this sums it up for me. I own a 1955 Chevy 4 door 210 sedan. I have owned it for over 12 years.It sat for the last 12 years till I retired. I did that in 2009. This year, I was fortunate enough to make a pretty good amount of money and decided to put it all in my car. The car was pretty much original until now. I put over $25000.00 into it and it is "almost" finished the way I want it. The other day I was searching for insurance and found about 6 different companies. I decided to check prices and found others with cheaper insurance, but decided to wait and think about the purchases and do a little investigation. Then, Sandy hit. What a devistating storm! I could not believe the damage from this storm. Now, I get this message from Hagerty and as I listened to the video, I realized that this could be me and my car. Hearing how Hagerty handled the claims was not only heartwarming to me, but it also made the decision for me too. If Hagerty is this caring, they are the people I want to protect my car and my feelings toward my car. I will be getting my car covered by Hagerty this week. I hope nothing ever happens to my car like these people had happen to them, but it is comforting to know that Hagerty will be there to help ease the loss. I truly hope the people affected by this storm get treated like these people in this video. But, in reality, most Insurance Companies just collect premiums and reluctantly pay a claim if they must, but they make it very hard to collect. Hagerty is not one of those companies. They care and they show it. I will be proud to be insured by this fine company. Hopefully, all these people can return to a normal life soon. God bless them and protect them! Thank you.
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    Kathie DuTremble Charleston, SC November 29, 2012 at 18:19
    What devastation!!! And what determination and compassion all these folks have for each other....the one comment that truly spoke to me...was the man sitting with his wife said, "had her by the wrist...if I had lost her....well"....I can relate....Fortunately, for him and her they still have each other. I lost my husband, who was a car nut like myself...it's not quite as much fun for me now to have all of our wonderful cars without him....and as awful as these horrific storms are...the most important thing of all is having our loved ones!! Keep the faith folks!
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    Stuart Norman Hortonville, WI November 29, 2012 at 18:36
    Thank you Hagerty, for once again being the stand up company that you are and working with the owners of the storm damaged vehicles. When asked, I ALWAYS recommend Hagerty to fellow classic car owners. Videos like this just reaffirm my recommendation.
  • 7
    Lee Ward Southlake TX November 29, 2012 at 18:47
    Very touching Video and I really feel for these fellow Classic Car Owners. Why it feels so close is because the majority of us are not Huge Car Collectors and have a museum we own one or two cars and their home is in our garage which is where I keep my 67 Camaro RS and 81 Corvette, I would be devastated if I lost the Camaro! Thank you Hagerty for being their for these people and I am so happy I choose Hagarty for my coverage.
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    Lee Ward Southlake TX November 29, 2012 at 18:47
    Very touching Video and I really feel for these fellow Classic Car Owners. Why it feels so close is because the majority of us are not Huge Car Collectors and have a museum we own one or two cars and their home is in our garage which is where I keep my 67 Camaro RS and 81 Corvette, I would be devastated if I lost the Camaro! Thank you Hagerty for being their for these people and I am so happy I choose Hagarty for my coverage.
  • 9
    James Clark Dallas, Texas November 29, 2012 at 10:00
    This is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and beautifully illustrates why I am happy to have my treasured 1941 Chrysler insured with Hagerty's. Having retired after a life long career as a claims and litigation manager for a major insurer, where this sort of compassion for the very emotional aspects of a loss would have been unusual, I am constantly reminded that Hagerty's is made up of people who understand the relationship between the average person and their car. Kudos to Hagerty's and their fine employees.
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    Walter Crawford Poquoson Virginia November 29, 2012 at 22:01
    My heart goes out to all of you who may have lost your classics during Sandy. My 67 chevelle was almost lost during Isabel in 2003, but thanks to Hagerty's I'm still driving it today! THANKS HAGERTY"S!!!
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    Diane Prosser Henderson, NV November 29, 2012 at 00:27
    My heart breaks for all of you on affected by the storm. I can't wrap my mind around the extent of your loss and in the case of the report from Hagerty Insurance, losing a vehicle you've put your blood, sweat and tears into, just to have it swept away. Please know, while it's been a month already, you are still in our prayers! Best wishes that you'll be on the road to recovery soon! Diane, owner of "Midge", '72 MG Midget. Henderson, NV.
  • 12
    bob crandall woodinville wa November 30, 2012 at 16:43
    With Hagerty you will get the best of care. Have a friend used them for $xxx. No problem instant satisifaction. I been with Hagerty for 5 years+ . Thus far no need but nice to no that their there if you need them. All comes. Pick up keep on drivin.
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    Jim Cardillo Mercer, Pa. November 30, 2012 at 17:23
    We will find seemingly insurmountable odds in our journey but continue forward knowing that the only thing in life that we can control is our attitude. The resolve that these tragic stories have demonstrated to all of us is the hope that such a positive attitude can generate. It will be the motivation to ultimately succeed. Blessings to all of you affected by this disaster.
  • 14
    Jimmy R Long island,New york November 30, 2012 at 17:24
    I do have old cars and also auto shop manager,and its a real killer to see and hear all the sad stories of all kinds of quality car wrecked. Flatbed after flatbed hauling cars with death tags on them just for savage....
  • 15
    JONNEY WEST galion ohio November 30, 2012 at 17:40
    I"M so sad of the loss of the homes cars everything that everyone had in there life. my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was hit by this storm.
  • 16
    Chuck Rockville, Maryland November 30, 2012 at 17:50
    I really am sincerely so sad for the loss my fellow Gear Heads have suffered and do know that Hagerty will do everything possible to lessen your suffering and loss.
  • 17
    Rita Mulholland Buena, New Jersey November 30, 2012 at 07:49
    So sad for the loss of all your classic cars. Glad to see the attitudes that everyone is thankful for their lives..Remember you can always rebuild another classic and you will always remember in your heart and mind the car's that were lost to Hurricane Sandy..Bless you all from Mulholland Restoration's
  • 18
    Calvin Wise Newnan, GA November 30, 2012 at 20:54
    I'm so touched by all of these comments, we don't have hurricanes here but do have tornadoes which are just as devastating. I've been a car nut my entire life(72 yrs) but never had the means to have the cars I dreamed about. I finally was able to restore a 77 Grand Prix I have had for 28 years last year and I sure would hate to lose it like that, But it is insured by Hagerty, and that is a good thing.
  • 19
    Bob Yarbrough Arlington, Texas December 1, 2012 at 19:39
    Such devastation. The video was very touching. I cannot imagine the feeling of such a loss. I own a 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser and do not want to ever say goodbye to it. I really do appreciate Hagerty's for doing this vid. I really have to take my hat off to these good folk's!
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    Bob Yarbrough Arlington, Texas December 1, 2012 at 19:40
    Such devastation. The video was very touching. I cannot imagine the feeling of such a loss. I own a 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser and do not want to ever say goodbye to it. I really do appreciate Hagerty's for doing this vid. I really have to take my hat off to these good folk's!
  • 21
    Lou Renzo Hawthorne, New Jersey December 1, 2012 at 09:26
    We were lucky enough to come through hurricane Sandy untouched but my heart goes out to everyone who lost their homes, their possesions and their cars. I have owned my '70 340 Plymouth Duster for 40 years and I can't imagine it being taken from me in such a horrible, tragic way. As we all know, our cars are also family members. They travel with us through life, they share our experiences and they create memories. My Dad has passed away but some of my fondest memories of him are when we worked on cars together. Thank you Hagerty.
  • 22
    Jim Phillips Lakeland Florida December 1, 2012 at 09:26
    As a born and bred New Yorker (Long Island), The damage in the northeast really hit me. Seeing videos and news items about places I grew up with, was shocking. In your video, one of the men talks about his Corvair, which really got to me, as I have been collecting, and driving these cars since the mid '70s. I might have even worked on or driven his car. Who knows? I am glad to hear that Hagerty is taking such good care of their clients, and that things will be made as good as the people can hope for. It's so sad that so many lost so much, not only their cars, but their other cherished items, some that can never ever be replaced. To anyone who might know me, and those who don't, I say hang in there, and thank God for your survival. Hopefully things will get back to a normal state very, very quickly.
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    Lou Renzo Hawthorne, New Jersey December 1, 2012 at 09:26
    We were lucky enough to come through hurricane Sandy untouched but my heart goes out to everyone who lost their homes, their possesions and their cars. I have owned my '70 340 Plymouth Duster for 40 years and I can't imagine it being taken from me in such a horrible, tragic way. As we all know, our cars are also family members. They travel with us through life, they share our experiences and they create memories. My Dad has passed away but some of my fondest memories of him are when we worked on cars together. Thank you Hagerty.
  • 24
    JMB Lyndhurst, NJ December 3, 2012 at 07:49
    It's great to hear Hagerty cares so much. I faired well no damage but my heart goes out to all those who did. in many cases I know it's like losing part of the family. Rebuild, rebuild ultimately our resiliency will prevail. god bless you all.
  • 25
    sheryl mccabe los angeles co. calif. November 28, 2012 at 21:39
    This storm Sandy has caused sooo much devastation and heartbreak to so many people and animals! I feel for all these people who are natural survivors. To some,our vehicles in one sense are only mechanical items, to either be driven & replaced or kept only as a memory. However, to most of us they are like family members, driven, repaired, passed on, driven, restored lovingly, driven and passed on further. I smiled at the family here w/ the 65 Mustang who will rebuild, and I teared up at the man who will let his 64 Corvair go, hoping that parts from it will help bring joy to someone else! I wish my Best to all fellow car lovers! Sheryl McCabe of the ROA. (Riviera Owners Association)

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