Body Shops Expect Increase In Business Following Oklahoma Snow
TULSA, Oklahoma - As snow fell overnight and drivers headed out, EMSA said it responded to 13 crashes throughout the day, a number they say is relatively low given the conditions.
But EMSA said there were likely many smaller crashes that weren't reported, and body shops are getting ready for a big boost in business.
Briar Campbell was involved in a crash Friday. He’s okay, but the same can’t be said for his pickup truck.
“I didn't realize it was that slick,” said Campbell. “The truck is not so in good shape.”
His truck crashed into a light pole and flipped on the Creek Turnpike near Yale.
“Truck began to lose all control and literally started sliding sideways,” Campbell said.
While the snow canceled some classes around town, it hasn't slowed the crew at Peterson's Auto Body Central near 41st and Sheridan.
Manager Joe Salerno said, “We're ready for it. I got a really good team up here, so there's nothing here we can't handle.”
Salerno said they're preparing for a big influx in business. The manager said he expects a big rush of cars impacted by the snow in the next few days.
“We see anything from, like I said, light fender benders to people rolling off the street and going into a ditch, people getting the underneath of their car tore up, bumpers ripped off,” Salerno said.
He said his team is ready to help with whatever comes their way.
“We may end up working late, we may end up working weekends - whatever we need to do to get the cars done,” he said.
Salerno said when all is said and done, he expects to see a 15 to 20 percent increase in business just from Friday morning's winter storm.