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Friday, 27 December 2019 19:00

Need Body Work Done? Get Ready to Wait in Line

Written by Olivia Michael, WJHG News
Some locals are still waiting months to get their cars into auto body shops, and once they're in, it could take months until they are returned. One local shop owner says it's because of the backlog created by Hurricane Michael. Some locals are still waiting months to get their cars into auto body shops, and once they're in, it could take months until they are returned. One local shop owner says it's because of the backlog created by Hurricane Michael. WJHG/WECP News

Need to have auto body work done on your car locally? Well, get ready to wait - shops all over the area are struggling with long wait lists.

Mike Horne, owner of Mike's Auto Collision in Panama City, FL, said, "I have over 2,000 estimates waiting for hurricane work and we still have collision cars coming in regularly."

 

Horne says his shop spent more than $50,000 trying to help locals get back on the road after Hurricane Michael.

 

"We were trying to find a way to help the community besides clothes, water, food - we knew that was coming. So, what we did is we offered discounts to help people with their deductibles so they could use those towards their homes instead of their cars but we take care of the cars," said Horne.

 

Mike's Auto Collision repaired 1,800 cars as a result of Hurricane Michael, but Horne says 35,000 were damaged as a result of the storm leaving many people on a wait list.

 

"Most cars, you know, you do a left side, right side, it's out within a couple days or a couple weeks. With these cars having all over paint jobs on them you know it's taking multiple hours, multiple time, tons of material to make these cars correct," said Horne.

 

And if you're lucky enough to get your car in, be patient.

 

He said, "There's times we've had cars in here for a month, there's times we've had cars in here for three, four months ... We don't like it but we're trying to find a way to fix that."

 

With thousands of cars still left to be repaired, Horne's shop won’t be pumping the breaks any time soon.

 

"But it's going to be years until we fix the last hurricane car, and when we do it will be a very big party," he said.

 

We thank WJHG News for reprint permission.

 

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