GM, Ford and Toyota Announce Help for Hurricane Sandy Victims
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GM, Ford and Toyota Announce Help for Hurricane Sandy Victims


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Just the Facts:
  • General Motors, Ford and Toyota announced their plans to help Hurricane Sandy victims.
  • Toyota Financial Services and Lexus Financial Services will launch a "Customer Outreach" program to help customers with payment relief options.
  • General Motors said people whose vehicles were damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy can get an additional $500 discount on vehicles purchased or leased through the end of the year.

DETROIT — General Motors and Toyota announced their plans to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

Toyota Financial Services and Lexus Financial Services will launch a "Customer Outreach" program to help customers with payment relief options.

General Motors said people whose vehicles were damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy can get an additional $500 discount on vehicles purchased or leased through the end of the year.

Ford is offering a $500 Ford Bonus Cash program toward the purchase of a new Ford or Lincoln through January 2. The program excludes the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT/GT500, Mustang Boss, Focus Electric, Edge SE AWD, F-150 SVT Raptor and Taurus SE, the automaker said.

The three automakers are following in the footsteps of Nissan, which was one of the first automakers to step in with help in the wake of the devastating storm.

Toyota said starting now, lease and retail customers affected by the storm can get payment extensions and lease deferred payments. They can also have their bills redirected and arrange phone or online payments.

"In addition, the company will announce a 90-day Deferred First Payment Program designed to assist consumers in the most impacted states with their transportation needs as they work through the recovery process," Toyota said.

Details on that program are expected shortly.

General Motors said its assistance program is aimed at GM vehicle owners in federally designated disaster areas.

"Consumers should check with GM dealers in these counties for details," GM said in a statement on Thursday.

Many automakers have announced charitable donations to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

Toyota said it donated $1 million to the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations to support relief efforts.

The Volkswagen of America Foundation, on behalf of the Volkswagen Group of America, announced that it will make an immediate donation of $500,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief to provide support for affected areas across the Northeast.

Fisker Automotive said it is allowing power utility trucks and repair crews to use its Wilmington, Delaware factory as a home base while they work to restore power and clear roads.

Edmunds says: Expect more special programs from automakers and more charitable donations in the days to come, especially as the true impact of the storm is tallied.

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