2017 Photos of the year: DisastersJan. 1, 2018
Here are some photos of various disasters that took place in 2017 and the impact they had on the auto industry and beyond.
Rising risk from uninsured, flooded carsDec. 25
Warning to used-car buyers: Uninsured vehicles damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding won't be retitled as junk or salvage, may be resold in private sales.
Storm-driven demand begins to peter outOct. 30
Used-vehicle buyers replacing rides lost in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are boosting prices and trimming supplies, but the end of the storm surge is in sight.
AFTERMATH: HARVEYOct. 23
The din of repair work is the background music for Houston area dealerships — and their service departments — that were hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey.
A post-storm lesson in working smartOct. 9
Houstonians and other Texans simply skipped the traditional post-hurricane sales lull and rushed to dealerships to replace flooded-out rides in September, sparking 2017's first monthly U.S. auto sales gain.
Flood damage? Guess who's bringing it upOct. 2
Dealership sales staffers are more likely to bring up the risk of flood damage in a used car than their customers, a survey found.
As Texas State Fair opens, outlook for state's auto market is upbeatSept. 28
Things are looking brighter for Texas' auto market as parts of the state hardest hit by low oil prices and natural disasters start the long road to recovery.
Why disasters today pack more wallopSept. 25
Rising coastal populations and technology-laden vehicles, which prompt insurers to be quicker to declare a damaged vehicle a total loss, are driving salvage auction growth.
Before a hurricane hits, 'We're on it'Sept. 25
When hurricanes Harvey and Irma slammed Texas and Florida, auto salvage auction companies were ready to respond. Here's how.
Irma forces dealerships, ports to closeSept. 11
Tropical storm Irma swung further west than expected but still hammered the auto industry in the Southeast, cutting power and closing ports. Some Florida dealers plan to reopen Tuesday.
Harvey recovery: From burned out to back in businessSept. 9
Gay Family Auto suffered enormous damage from Harvey. But the group exemplifies how quickly the region's retailers are bouncing back, at least initially.
Don't get caught with bad carsSept. 11
Never in the history of the auto industry in this country has a natural disaster caused as much devastation to car dealers as the hurricane that struck Houston. Now the industry will have to figure out what to do with a massive number of flood-damaged vehicles.