Three snowy weekends cause auto shops to fill up

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Drivers who slid the roads over the past three snowy weekends reunite at the auto shop.

“People [are] slide on black ice. It was pretty dangerous,” Charlotte resident Destin Schroeder said of the roads lately.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a lot of people who needed their cars repaired,” said his cousin, Brian Slater.

Since Saturday, CMD Automotive in Charlotte has been packed.

“There’s been a huge 300% increase,” explained owner James Gorman.

He said a normal Monday sees one or two weather-damaged cars, the last three weekends have seen 8 or 9.

While auto shops have their work cut out for them, you could end up paying top dollar.

“The price range [for new cars could be] anywhere between $2,000 and $5,000 pretty easily if you take one off-road and do some damage,” Gorman said.

Not only did the ice sustain them, but also supply chain shortages. Gorman said they were waiting for crucial auto parts to arrive.

Come Monday, CMD Automotive employees returned to work. Gorman said you might have to wait a little longer to be seen, but they’ll have room for emergencies.

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