Icy roads boosts business for auto body shops

Weather conditions cause fender benders

MILWAUKEE - Recent freezing rain and icy road conditions has led to brisk business for auto body and auto repair shops.

Mike Maloney owns Westway Auto Body Inc. in West Allis. He said after hearing Wednesday evening's weather report, he knew Thursday would be one of those industry-changing days -- an increase in banged up cars coming into his shop in need of repair.

"It changes the industry very much. Body shops get busy and they get backed up," Maloney said.

"I mean, nobody wants to get in an accident, but when you get this ice and snow like last night... that hits people unexpectedly," he continued.

The cost of repair is not cheap. According to Maloney, depending on the amount of damage and make and model of the car, vehicle owners can expect to pay upwards of $3,000 in repairs.

"If I could fix cars as fast as the accident happened I wouldn't be here. I'd be a rich man," Maloney joked.

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, the county responded to seven car accidents resulting in property damage and 27 disabled vehicles on area roads.

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