Snow Brings Profit to Some Heartland Businesses - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Cape Girardeau, MO

Snow Brings Profit to Some Heartland Businesses

 

 

 

Snow Brings Profit to Some Heartland Businesses
By: Kate Scott

(Cape Girardeau, MO)--By now, most people in the Heartland are groaning at the mention of another snowflake. But believe it or not, workers at some Heartland offices are happy to see all the snow! "We like it," smiles James Auto Body Manager John Haman. "I hate to wish any bad luck on anybody, but we're here to repair the cars if they do get damaged."

As Haman knows well, auto repair shops make a lot of money when folks get into frequent fender benders on the slick streets. He pointed out a few of the dented fenders at his lot on Monday afternoon. "This car was brought in this morning," he gestured to a white sedan with a crumpled trunk. "It was rear-ended by another car due to the weather." In fact, Haman says weather was the culprit in the five "bang-up" jobs that were towed to the lot on Monday morning. "This little Dodge over here, a snowplow got it," Haman pointed out. "But most of them, they either slide in a ditch or go into the median. Most of them mess up the alignment and suspension."

That's repair work that can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. And when you multiply those numbers by all the cars that are sliding off the road this winter, you figure that's a lot of profit!

As you might expect, once those vehicles end up in the repair shop, their owners need something else to drive. That's why business is also booming at rental car companies, like Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Cape Girardeau. "We've seen somewhere between a fifteen and twenty percent increase in business," says Manager Tim Backus. "The phones have been really steady." When the phones ring, it usually means another sales ticket to write up, and another customer to put back on the road. It also means the office can get awfully hectic, but you won't hear those enterprising workers complaining. "It's been a challenge for us," Backus smiles. "But we are handling the challenge and it's keeping us very busy right now."

All the extra business is also backing up workloads at many car repair shops. Haman says if you do have a fender bender, it's probably going to take a little longer than usual to get it fixed.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies

    'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies

    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:18 AM EDT2018-08-16 14:18:44 GMT

    Her voice is associated with an era of transformative music in the 1960s and 1970s as well as with some of the most important singular events in American history.

    Her voice is associated with an era of transformative music in the 1960s and 1970s as well as with some of the most important singular events in American history.

  • Teen accused of killing 7-year-old nephew after he lay on her bed

    Teen accused of killing 7-year-old nephew after he lay on her bed

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:26 AM EDT2018-08-16 07:26:18 GMT
    The suspect is accused of putting her hand over 7-year-old Jordan Vong's mouth and plugging his nose until he stopped moving after pushing him off the bed. (Source: KMGH/Family photos/CNN)The suspect is accused of putting her hand over 7-year-old Jordan Vong's mouth and plugging his nose until he stopped moving after pushing him off the bed. (Source: KMGH/Family photos/CNN)

    The 16-year-old is accused of putting her hand over the boy’s mouth and plugging his nose until he stopped moving after pushing him off the bed.

    The 16-year-old is accused of putting her hand over the boy’s mouth and plugging his nose until he stopped moving after pushing him off the bed.

  • Colorado man arrested after pregnant wife, 2 children vanish

    Colorado man arrested after pregnant wife, 2 children vanish

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:05 AM EDT2018-08-16 08:05:05 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:37 AM EDT2018-08-16 14:37:29 GMT
    The man's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were reported missing Monday.The man's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were reported missing Monday.

    Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.

    Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.

Powered by Frankly