Wichita, KAN. -- Local body shops are seeing bang up business from damage caused by car accidents during the winter weather that hit earlier this month.
Brian Happy with Scholfield Body Shop says he's seen a 40% increase in business because of wreaks and fender benders from snow storms.
He says the first batch of cars that came in during the storms were ones with serious damage. "Unfortunately the ones that are not driveable and a little more serious accident, things that have been deemed a vehicle not safe, people have them towed in at that point in time", said Happy. Now it's cars with less damage and faster turnaround time.
The same is true at Autocraft Collision Repair where business is up at least 35%. Marketing Director Jaden Randle says it could have been worse. "When they're just a good ice storm, that's when we really see volume go up", said Randle. "But just with heavier snow and school being out it hasn't been that bad, very manageable." Randle says he expects steady business for the next few weeks as people waited for the weather to clear before bringing in cars with cosmetic damage.
Still it's good business for what's normally a slow time of year for body shops.