Superstorm Sandy’s Effects, SEMA Photos and Flood Damaged Car Advice – Automotive News for October 28 – Nov 3


Beetles vortex via Jalopnik

Jalopnik’s Favorite SEMA Vehicle

2012 SEMA, the annual Las Vegas tradeshow highlighting the fantastic world of specialty automotive products, has been running all week. It’s a great place to see awesome conversions and interesting new cars.

It probably comes as a surprise as much to the editors of Jalopnik as it does to us, but the VW Vortex Beetle was the 2012 SEMA vehicle that made the biggest impression on them. It’s AWD and 500 Horsepower. A lot in a tiny, stylish package!

More Great SEMA 2012 Photos

SEMA is always a great source for sexy auto photos. Motortrend does us all a solid by preparing tons of beautiful galleries. A few of our favorite images are below, too.

2013 SRT Viper new Ford Escape SEMA 2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
 2013 SRT Viper  2013 Ford Escape  2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Avoid Flood Damaged Cars

Superstorm Sandy has caused widespread  destruction along the East Coast. We’ve now all seen photos of cars floating in flood water and mourned the grief and devastation this has caused millions of people. However, it’s also a good heads up for car shoppers now and in the future. Apart from the cars trapped by Sandy, thousands of cars are caught in floods across the country, and many of them will enter the secondary car market. Apart from doing your normal due diligence this Forbes article gives a lot of great advice about specifically avoiding flooded vehicles, which is relevant year round.

Also just wanted to chime in with another call for volunteers, cash and blood donations for the Red Cross and other reputable charities. You can find out more about all of the organizations chipping in at this difficult time at this article on charities helping Superstorm Sandy victims on

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