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Auto Body Shops Cash in When Roads Get Icy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With slick roads and snowy streets, one industry is booming during the winter weather. KOLR 10 found out how auto body shops cash in when roads become tough to drive on this time of year.
Whether they want to use them as a bumper or not, they get used as a bumper. Whether that hits another vehicle or hits a guard rail.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With slick roads and snowy streets, one industry is booming during the winter weather. KOLR 10’s Brett Martin found out how auto body shops cash in when roads become tough to drive on this time of year.

Scott Mahaffey from St. Louis Street Auto Body Shop says they see all types of collisions during this time of year.

"Its a very busy time of year, the weather, of course, is the culprit of that like slide offs, but we are still working with deer hits for quite some time too."

"Its not the first winter we've had but we've gotten more snow this year than we had last year so we are feeling that now," says Mahaffey.

From cars, to 4-wheel-drive SUVs and even ambulances land in the repair shop when ice hits the pavement.

"There’s just more of it, more of the bumper replacements, more of the door replacements and stuff like that."

He says the most common part he is ordering right now is bumpers.

"Whether they want to use them as a bumper or not, they get used as a bumper. Whether that hits another vehicle or hits a guard rail," explains Mahaffey.

Just this week, Springfield Police have taken 109 reports involving collisions on the roads, but that does not include those they don’t respond to because of their emergency status.

Scott says his mechanics and technicians are ready to put in long hours during winter weather.

"Our technicians gear themselves up for it and just all around work harder. We try to get the vehicles back to the customers as quickly as we can."

Scott says taking the right steps is the best way to cure the headache from any type of accident.

"Call your insurance company and let them know what has happened, but some people don’t want to involve the insurance. Then, schedule an appointment for an estimate, call the shop, we can work you in."

Springfield Police say they are not backed up when it comes to the reports they've responded on the roads. Captain Vance Holland says now it depends on when drivers come to fill out reports on accidents they were not called to because of the emergency status.

Captain Holland says that’s one of the main advantages to the emergency status and they will not fall behind on important other calls.
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