Accidents And Insurance

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

A moment's distraction can lead to weeks of frustration and financial pain. Slick streets have given a number of drivers a crash course in the frustrating process of auto body repair.

Over the past few days with the ice and snow there have been dozens of accidents across the Metro and most of those cars and trucks are headed into the auto body repair shops in the area.

Whether it is a crumpled fender or a broken headlight; a lot of drivers in the Metro are getting crash course on the cost of repairs.

Spraying the clear coat on a bumper Jimmy Wiater is finishing up one of the last jobs before reassembly and handing the keys back to the owner.

These are busy times at Mick's body shop. Every body shop in the Metro is busy right now.

Jim Wiater says, "It gets pretty busy really. We've written probably 30 estimates in the last four days."

Snow and ice in the Metro always means a bump in business for places like Mick's.

Soon there will be a little more room because this Kia is about ready to go back to its owner but there is a problem.

Jade Romaire says, "No mobility I've had to rely on everybody else to take me here and there and I have a job that is kind of like I'm sorry I can't be there on time because I don't have a secure ride."

Jade first accident was with an uninsured driver which was a little easier for her to deal with, the latest accident is being disputed which is more frustrating.

Jade Romaire says, "Me and my dad were going to have to pay for it together so I was just ready to deal with that consequence but this time I really thought that this guy was going to pay for it and we were really ready for him to take care of it, his insurance to take care of it."

Jade's Kia is ready for the road but the struggle is between insurance companies. Jim is certain he can work out an agreement that will put the keys back in Jade's hands and the money for repairs in his.

Jim Wiater says parts are driving up the cost of repairs. There are some car models where a headlight costs $1,500 to $1,800 to replace.

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