Cold weather means big business for local repair shops - WNEM TV 5

Cold weather means big business for local repair shops

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Many of you are probably sick of this weather but it has meant some big business for auto repair shops.

That repair you've been putting off could come back to bite you when the temperatures dip.

"This winter has been the most productive winter in four years," says Roger Nowaczyk, owner of Bottom Line Auto Repair in Saginaw Township.. "It's taken things to a whole different level. A battery that would have made it through last year, is not going to make it."

While most of us might be ready for spring, the extreme cold has been a god send for some local businesses.

The arctic blast has business booming at Bottom Line Auto Repair.

Nowaczyk says they typically extend business hours from 5 to 6 days a week during the winter, but this winter they had to make the transition three weeks early to keep up with the demand.

While some drivers are flooding repair shops out of necessity, the cold is keeping workers at Tri- City Kustoms busy too.

"The remote starts are going crazy right now," says Alex Ornales, owner of Tri-City Kustoms. 

Ornales says drivers don't want to be out in the cold any more than they absolutely have to.

"They're sick of starting their cars in the morning. Our main thing is the remote starts," says Ornales.

So at least this arctic blast is good for something.

Roger Nowaczyk says he doesn't like being out in this bitter cold, but he admits, it is having a positive effect on his bottom line.

Nowaczyk says if you know your vehicle needs some work, the best thing to do is get it fixed. Because, chances are, the problem will only get worse in this extreme cold and this is not the type of weather you want to be stranded in.

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