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Auto repair shop sees increase in weather-related wrecks

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(01/24/14) - Record-breaking weather conditions have taken a toll on Mid-Michigan drivers.

A Flint auto repair shop is seeing an unprecedented amount of work due to the road conditions.

From dozens of minor accidents to much larger ones, like a tanker explosion on I69 in Genesee County, this winter has been rough for drivers on Mid-Michigan roadways.

"They're hitting the walls, they're spinning out on the expressways and hitting the walls and damaging both ends of the cars, just a lot more damage," said Jim McFall, of McFall's Collision.

At McFall's Collision in Flint, the shop is filled with cars damaged in weather-related wrecks. In fact, every single car there is because of the weather.

"I'm seeing a lot of heavy hits right now. I'm talking about 5 and 10 grand all day long at the least, not a lot of little fender benders, no. A lot of hard hit wrecks," McFall said.

Mcfall has owned the repair shop for 12 years, but he's been in the business almost 30 years. He says this winter has been the most brutal one yet for vehicles.

"I haven't seen it this busy, I have never seen it this busy," he said. "It's probably doubled by business just in last two months."

Though business is good for McFall, he's not necessarily thrilled about it. Navigating the roads has been treacherous, even for the best of drivers.

"Be careful out on the roads, slow down. That's all I want because business is good, yes, but I don't want anyone getting hurt out there, that's the main thing," he said.

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