Winter weather increasing auto repair buisness

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Rough weather and icy roads may be a pain for drivers to navigate, but the conditions improve business for auto repair shops.

This plow truck is equipped to do almost anything. It has the plow on the front, shovels on the side, a sander in back, and a snow blower strapped to the side. It should be out doing all of that work right now, but this weather has taken its toll on this as well.

Wear and tear from this winter weather is again putting this plow temporarily out of service.

“I’ve come in here with plow issues. I’ve had complete electrical failure this year, and then the brakes go bad just in the middle of the storm,” said George Laughlin, Exterior Solutions.

Kleeman Service Center is doing a lot of storm related repairs.

“Just the extra weight with the sanders and the plows and stuff like that a lot of front end work and brake work. Having to brake and stop more weight in the vehicle,” said Fawn Kleeman, Kleeman Service Center.

Auto repair shops are busy  as drivers encounter problems with snow and ice. WTNH/Tina Detelj
Auto repair shops are busy as drivers encounter problems with snow and ice. WTNH/Tina Detelj

Fawn has also seen front end damage from cars sliding into curbs and other cars. She is responsible for taking care of mechanical problems, while Keith Kudej fixes body damage. This is his first year running his own body shop and he has been busy.

“I do everything out here myself, so I’m very busy so and I’ve been working seven days a week,” said Keith Kudej, Kudej Collision.

Damage is not just from accidents, as salt can cause corrosion on brakes, exhaust, and front ends.

“When the salt sits there it causes it to rust quicker and causes more damage,” said Fawn.

Next time you wash your car, do not forget to also do the undercarriage. Salt on an exhaust pipe could cause rust and other problems down the road.

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