Icy roads keep collision centers busy

February 08, 2018 07:18 PM

COLONIE - The clean up from Wednesday's snowstorm is wrapping up, but repairs are just getting started. Auto body shops in the Capital Region were jumping on Thursday, thanks to an uptick in collision claims that included front and rear-end damage.

At H&V Collision in Colonie, they had at least 15 damaged cars and trucks show up before noon on Thursday.

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They see a spike in volume after every winter storm -- although weather doesn't shoulder all the blame.

"What happens is people are speeding. You know, they're driving in the bad weather as if it's 60 degrees outside and sunny," pointed out Rich Tanchyk, with H&V Collision Center.

H&V had about 90 cars on the lot for estimates and repair Thursday. Eighty percent of those were weather-related accidents. With newer model cars, you can't even see all the damage right away.

Even in a low-speed collision, it's easy to need a high-cost repair.

"It doesn't look that bad right now, but a lot of the vehicles are made out of composite materials. So we'll actually start taking the vehicle apart and exposing all the damages underneath there," pointed out Vartan Jerian with H&V Collision Center.

H&V expects cars damaged in the storm will keep rolling in for the next week or so -- meaning lots of overtime and maybe a few new hires to help handle the load.

The team at H&V says the busiest they've ever been was after the ice storm of 2008. They had 125 vehicles come in in just two days and they were running on generators since all the power was out.

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