Cold weather turns good profits for those in the car repair business

"ABS light came on. Wouldn't go far so I had to get it towed." Robert Lynch says. 

Robert Lynch is one of the many motorists in Southeast Michigan forced to deal with cold weather related vehicle repairs.

Those repairs are keeping auto mechanics busy and adding to their flow of business.

Rob Bennett of All Stars Auto Care says, "we're seeing an increase not only in business but were seeing a lot of cooling system problems, no heat, dead batteries, lock outs, stuff like that." 

Mechanics say as temperatures continue to drop they must be prepared to meet customer demand.

At All Stars Auto Care that means bringing on extra staff

Rob Bennett says it also means having all the parts and supplies they need.

Bennett says, "we are well prepared for it. Well stocked up in batteries, extra manpower, we get people home, to work, wherever they need to go."

But mechanics aren't the only ones seeing increased business, tow truck drivers say their numbers are going up also."

Djuan Douglas from 313 Towing says, "we're backed up on calls. Four or 5 hour wait." 

Douglas says this cold weather is keeping him and his colleagues on the move.

"On average in summertime we do 10 calls a day.  Up to 20-30 calls a day per driver."

As the brutal weather continues, mechanics say one way to avoid car trouble is preventative maintenance.
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