Fallen trees from ice storm keeping auto body shops busy

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cars damaged by fallen trees have been keeping workers at auto body shops busy for the past few weeks.

“I’ve been here about six years,” said Randall Javois, estimator at Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting. “This is about the most tree damage I’ve seen.”

Javois says since the first ice storm, the shop has been pulling in an extra $8,000 to $12,000 a week in repairs because of fallen trees.

He says the bigger the tree, the worse the damage, making repair work more expensive.

“There’s a lot more interior work when trees fall on cars,” Javois said.

And while cars pile in to auto body shops, car rental places can’t keep them on the lot.

“Since last week, I’ve probably had about 20 customers come in with just tree limb damage,” said Ryan Brown, a management trainee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Cornwallis Drive.

Brown says they’ve been just as busy helping folks get around while their damaged cars are being worked on.

“People have had tree limbs falling on top of vehicles, on the trucks, couple cracked windshields,” Brown said.

“We have been swamped with people,” he said.

 

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