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Snowy winter boosts car repair business

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - More snowfall this winter means the roads are slippery, and people tend to get in more accidents.

That's making it a banner year for area repair shops.

Each time the phone rings, it's more business for Schaller Jacobson.

"Crazy snow, crazy ice, crazy weather," said Misty Coorough manager of the Onalaska office.

"Crazy" is the only way she can explain this winter.

"It's been crazy busy-lots of cars, lots of trucks, lots of work," Coorough said.

Especially a couple of days after a storm. Then, staff could see 10 to 20 cars in line for an estimate.

"It's one of the busiest years we've had since I've been in the business, which is 38 years now," said body and frame technician Dave Frost.

Frost, a crew of three other technicians and two painters, can be working on 15 cars at one time. Plus they have dozens of vehicles just waiting to get into the shop.

"If we take one out of here, send it to the paint shop or send it home, that space is filled immediately," he said.

According to Frost, plastic shatters in the winter. So he's fixing many bumpers, headlights and taillights.

Those types of crashes are good for business.

"Yeah, cause we're sick and twisted that way, Coorough said, adding as long as the car is the only thing that's injured.

While people's cars are in the shop, Schaller Jacobson is getting a lot of use out of their rental cars.

They split 60 cars between their La Crosse and Onalaska locations. All are currently in use.

Winter is Schaller Jacobson's busiest season, they also get a lot of work in late summer and the fall because of deer-related crashes.
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