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Booming body shop business may delay your quick fix

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TYLER (KYTX) - Crazy winter weather has caused a spike in car wrecks, which means business is booming for body shops. That also means it could take you longer to get your car into the shop.

 

MANAGERS at Carl Owens Auto Body Shop say this is the busiest they've ever been. There have been about 4 to 5 damaged cars coming in every day for the past two weeks. The majority of them have been in weather related accidents. 

"Front ends tore off, grills, headlights, hoods damaged."

Manager Randall Lambright describes all kinds of damage as he walks through Carl Owens Body Shop. The shop is lined inside and out with about 55 damaged cars. That's way more than they usually have at one time.

The peak season usually starts in October with deer collisions, which have kept them busy so far. However, it's the crazy weather that's bringing them some serious business.

"Uncontrolled skids, running off the road, tearing suspension out, wheels, tires, guard rails down the side of the vehicle," Lambright says.

He says the average price you'll pay for most of the damage he sees ranges anywhere from $2,500 to $15,000! 

Lambright doesn't expect the pace to slow down.  He'll go full throttle until springtime.

When shops like Lambright's are as busy as they are, he says there's a lot you can do to help them. If your car's in a wreck and you are not able to drive it, you can have it towed in immediately.

However, if your car is drivable, call your insurance company first, and then call the shop to make an appointment. Once you get to that appointment, make sure to bring your insurance information and claim number.

Lambright says the wait at his shop is up to two weeks right now. 

 

 

 

 


 

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