Car dealerships dealing with buried cars & low profits

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– If you think digging out your car from all that snow is beyond a pain, imagine having to do that on hundreds of cars.

Car dealerships in Connecticut are having a tough time dealing with too much snow and too little business.

“It does hurt. It keeps people inside, people don’t want to go out in the weather,” said Jonathan Gengras, Gengras.

At the Gengras Dealership in East Hartford, the Presidents’ Day sale was a wash in white, not green.

Storm after storm, has not only buried cars, but plowed under profits.

“The weather delays purchase and I think people that were going to buy a car this weekend are still going to buy a car when the weather clears. We will catch up,” said Gengras.

Gengras has seven dealerships with about 1,300 cars. That means all of the sales staff mechanics have to come out and clean them all off and then another storm comes. This storm is only several inches but it’s just enough to make it miserable and to bring business to a stand still.

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“It’s been a little slow, no customers in and we have had contact with customers over the phone and email, but with the weather, it’s tapered down a little bit today,” said Jeff Swierbutowicz, Gengras.

So instead of selling cars, Jeff has been out brushing them off, getting ready for the silver lining in the winter storm clouds. Gengras says they are ready for the spring thaw as the snow didn’t freeze out the Presidents’ Day’ sale.

Now is actually a good time to buy a car.

“Presidents’ Day has sort of turned into Presidents’ month, not tend to extend it through the end of the month,” said

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