Huge Hail: Storm Damages Up to 30,000 New Volkswagens
A storm last Sunday with hail the size of pingpong balls left close to 30,000 brand-new cars damaged. The dents and dings might cost hundreds of millions of euros, but Volkswagen is thankfully insured.
Hail damage might cost Volkswagen's insurers hundreds of millions of euros.
Company spokesman Christoph Adomat told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that a significant proportion of the 30,000 vehicles parked outside had suffered chipped paint or dings, although no windshields were broken. A VW spokesman told the Dow Jones Newswires that around 100 extra workers were being sent to Emden for a quality check on all the vehicles.
"We need to make certain that all customers receive a car that is absolutely in good working order," Adomat told the Associated Press, adding that the company was insured against hail damage.
Although the company has not released an estimate of the damages incurred, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung it could reach the hundreds of millions of euros.
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