Cars and Trucks Flood Local Auto Repair Shop
MARION -- A lot of vehicles now need repairs under the hood after the the previous winter snap. And that's keeping a local auto shop very busy.
Technicians at Hale's Automotive in Marion have been working close to 12 hour shifts since Tuesday.
"We've been trying to open up about 7:30 a.m. and staying as late as we need that day to get the work out the door for our customers," says service manager John Abney.
Abney says they've been swamped since the cold snap.
"Business is a little overwhelming because we have a lot of commercial fleet trucks," Abney says.
Around 80 percent of the shop's business is commercial vehicles. Normally, they see two or three a day.
"This week alone, we had seven Frito Lay trucks that came in one day," says Abney.
Some of the trucks slid off the road in the snow and ice, leading to major tire problems. Dead batteries have also been a big issue for diesel trucks.
"The cars won't start at all. Even though they're cranking over good. They just don't have enough voltage left in the batteries to fire the engine off," says Abney.
Owner John Hale says heater repairs are another common problem right now.
"When it's 20 or 30 degrees it can heat normal and people won't really notice that. But when it gets down to zero, if their heater is not working correctly in the car, then that's when they notice it," says Hale.
The guys have been so busy they're 3 days behind. Hale plans to have customers back on the road this weekend.
"When you have so many vehicles down at one time, it's challenging to get them all going when people would like to see their vehicles going," says Hale.
Hale hopes to move the business to a bigger facility sometime in February. Last Februrary the shop caught fire, they've been working out of temporay locaion for nearly a year.
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