Superstorm Sandy has wreaked havoc in more ways than one in the U.S. New Yorkers were left without power and the subway, and carmakers have been left with damaged new cars that are no longer fit for sale. Automotive News says that Toyota, Chrysler Group, Nissan, Honda and their dealers plan to scrap more than 15,000 damaged cars.

Nissan alone estimates more than 6,000 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are “un-saleable” because of the storm, Travis Parman, a company spokesman, said.

Some 4,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles were at the company’s port facility in Newark when the storm hit. “We have about 1,300 that we are taking a second look at (that may be salvaged), a little bit under 3,000 will likely be scrapped,” said Jana Hartline, a spokeswoman for Toyota’s U.S. unit in California.

Honda and Acura dealers expect to have to scrap about 3,440 vehicles, said Chris Martin, the non-Coldplay spokesman for Honda. Scrappage decisions will be determined by dealers and their insurers, he said.

That’s just the new cars. Including those of individual owners, as many as 200,000 light vehicles 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 600k. We don’t see replacement demand starting to accelerate until we’re into December.”

Sandy, the biggest Atlantic storm in American history, swept New Jersey, New York and neighbouring regions with winds that were over 160 km/h, leading to at least 100 deaths and countless damaged homes.