Winter Takes a Toll on Cars, Forces Them Into Body Shops
With business booming, this time of year brings numerous cars off the roadways and into body shops, as vehicles fall victim to some of winter's worst: potholes and salt corrosion.
As the '13-'14 winter unfolded, multiple snowstorms brought swaths of snow, plenty of ice and bone-chilling air to areas of the Northeast and Southeast.
By February, expense records across the nation were shattered, as this winter required millions of tons of salt and record-breaking maintenance costs including, labor, materials and equipment.
"It's just apart of living in the Northeast. We don't really have hurricanes, tornadoes or massive floods, but we have to deal with winter. It's the tradeoff," said J.R. Vratarich, co-owner of Tire Town in State College, Pa.
A harsh freeze-thaw cycle accompanied by a sl
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