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Hurricane Harvey ravaged cars and trucks — bad for drivers, good for automakers

Hurricane Harvey ravaged cars and trucks — bad for drivers, good for automakers

Perry Smith tried to race Hurricane Harvey.

He lost.

Now his white Toyota Corolla sits with a broken axle in the parking lot of a Strips convenience store in Rockport, Texas. It is, he admits, probably the end of the road for his trusty car with almost 190,000 miles on it.

“The hurricane was right on my tail,” Smith said. “It caught me. It lifted the back of the car up and I was looking down at the road through my windshield. Then — bam — it slammed back down and that was it.”

Smith, 56, hasn’t filed a claim with his insurance carrier yet; he’s been busy helping his parents clean out their wind-damaged house along the coast. He said he doubts he’ll get much...

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