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Cold Weather, Slick Roads Helps Auto Repair Industry

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The cold weather and slick roads are causing some drivers troubles. Towing companies have gotten a high volume of calls from cars in snow or sliding off the road.

Randy Hasenbush of Wood's Marathon in Okemos says for their business, this has been the best winter they've had in a while. That's because they've taken anywhere from 80-120 calls a day, working long hours.

"We've been swamped for the last week or so, just call after call," he said.

"On the road we pull people out, we start cars, we tow cars, we change tires, we unlock cars, we jump start cars, we transport cars," Hasenbush said.

John Woods, the owner of Wood's Marathon in Okemos says they've mostly dealt with people getting stuck this season, the busiest since 2000.

"There's just been a lot of cars in the ditch, a lot of cars off the road and a lot of cars stuck in snow," he said.

Officials suggests people maintain their cars and update their batteries so they won't have to pay for help later.

Service centers are also seeing an increase in people. Service Manager Chris Feneis says they've seen more business this winter than in the past five years due to the cold.

"Our batteries do go off the shelf a lot. We do one or two batteries here and there when the weather is warm, but as soon as it got cold, we are doing four or five a day," said Feneis, the service manager at Tuffy.

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