Covers Midwest; Keeps Shops Busy
As snowstorms have pounded the Midwest this week, many auto glass
shops have seen an array of effects-from power outages in their
own facilities to an upswing in business.
Mel Roberson of Mr. Windshield Repair in Oklahoma City lost power
for a little less than 24 hours and has it back now, fortunately.
But, now his phone is ringing off the hook-and most of the jobs
are for full replacements, though is business is repair-only.
"We've had a rash of cracks and stuff because people hadn't
had their chips fixed before it turned cold," he told glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine. "I'm getting a lot of calls for replacements, and
people don't understand that I don't do replacements. Some of them
are telling me replacement shops might not get to their work for
two to three weeks because of the backlog."
Marci Boyd of Mobile Auto Glass in Pella, Iowa, was fortunate to
maintain power in the shop-and the business has been coming in quickly
"[We've had] quite a few [calls] from tree limbs and falling
branches," she says.
Boyd notes that the roads have been cleared in Pella, allowing them
to get out to do the work somewhat easily.
For Christena Weber of Auto Glass Center in Hutchinson, Kan., it's
another story-vehicles were damaged so badly in the area that many
of the calls she's been receiving are from insurance agents looking
for prices, but suspecting the vehicles might be totaled.
Still, the shop has remained busy with the lesser-damaged vehicles.
"We didn't have power Tuesday and weren't able to work Thursday
and today and we've been busy with back glasses and such,"
But, right now, she suspects the majority of Hutchinson residents
are in a holding mode.
"For now, they're sitting back and waiting and they've got
so much to do," she says. "Some can't get their cars out.
It's too soon to tell what's going to come out of this. Right now
it's just the beginning."
Roberson notes that in Oklahoma City they're expecting six more
inches of snow tonight. Likewise, this morning's www.weather.com
forecasted 5 to 8 more inches of snow to fall on Kansas today.
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