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Body shops starting to fill up with Winter fender benders

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Madison (WKOW)-- A slow Winter is starting to ramp up at local body shops who are taking in dozens of damaged cars.

"Right now we're taking in between 50 and 60 a week. This week things are picking up for sure," Don Miller Body Shop Manager Byron Kershaw says.

Most body shops saw an up tick in business last November with the early Winter snowfall. That unusual rush started to slow down in December with milder temps and little to no snowfall. Now, in the first few days of January, several body shops have waiting lists for service.

"I've heard of a few shops booking out as far as four weeks, but there are some shops in the area that can get you in as soon as next week," American Family Insurance Adjuster Andy McCormick says.

The Wintry weather this week has given insurance adjusters a boost in business as well. They're starting to see more collisions with drivers who are slipping and sliding on the ice-covered streets.

"Since the snow started to hit we're seeing a lot bigger hits and we're seeing a lot more of them. It's just a matter of getting out and taking a look at them and getting approvals to the shops to begin working on them," McCormick says.

Body shop managers say people with minor damage should expect a longer than normal wait as workers prioritize the undriveable cars that need immediate attention.
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