Friday, 15 February 2019 15:51

Eau Claire, WI, Auto Body Shops Busier Due To Winter Weather

Written by Katarina Vergara, WEAU 13 News

Several auto body repair shops are backed up with vehicles damaged from crashes resulting from the winter weather.


Trubilt Collision Center and Superior Auto Body in Eau Claire, WI, both said the majority of crashes is a result of slips, slides, collisions and other weather-related issues.


The winter weather hasn’t only affected those who need vehicle repairs. It has also affected the repair shops.


“We've had six or seven days of lost production and parts not showing up,” said David Savage, owner of Superior Auto body.


Savage said they’ve also lost some days of production as a result of closing the shop early.


“Our employees are very important to us,” said Savage.


Both shops said they are starting repairs on vehicles that are towed in right away but are asking those who still have drivable vehicles to hold off until the weather calms down.


Savage said his shop is currently booked out until March.


Amy Wolfe of Trubilt Collision Center also said it’s been a challenge for employees to get to work on severe weather days.


“We do have a handful of technicians and staff that do travel 20-plus miles,” said Wolfe.


Wolfe said Trubilt will be even busier once drivers with less severe damage come in for repairs.


These shops are urging drivers to give plows enough room on the roads and to remember to drive slowly and safely.


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