Snow means big business for mechanics

Posted at 7:18 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 20:18:59-05

MILWAUKEE -- Snow means big business for mechanics.

"Mother Nature wakes us up real quick during this time of year," explained Joe Pokrzywa, A & J Automotive.

The owner of A & J Automotive says winter weather almost doubles their work load.

"On average we probably do seven or eight cars a day.  Right now, we're probably doing 11-12, maybe more."

This Milwaukee shop isn't turning away business, but customers might have to wait in line.

"We get a lot of people who say, "can you get me in today?"  And I'll tell them they can bring their cars or we'll tow them in, but it's going to be a day or two and they're responding back "everybody's saying that," that's just what it is it's the weather," said Pokrzywa.

What they're seeing most after this first winter storm is suspension damage.

"Steering parts, the right control parts, tires and rims, those all wind up getting damaged in this weather.  People slide into curbs or others cars and that's what happens."

This family run shop welcomes the extra business, especially since winter arrived late this year.

"It's typical Wisconsin Weather and we don't know until it happens and when it does happen then we get everything."

The mechanic says preventative car maintenance, like an oil chance and tire rotation, is the best thing you can do to get your car ready for the next winter storm. 

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