Body shops filled with wrecked and total cars in the aftermath of a snowstorm

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SALT LAKE CITY – On Wednesday, Utah state soldiers treated at least 158 ​​crashes statewide and identified more than 500 vehicles that slipped off the road or needed assistance.

For some of these damaged cars, the result is a total loss for the driver. At Unique Auto Body in southern Jordan there are 130 parking spaces and their parking lot is completely full.

“Based on my commute this morning, I know that over the next few days we are going to increase the workload by about 25% just with the number of cars on the side of the road this morning,” he said. said Thomas Kirkpatrick, production manager. at Unique Auto Body.

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Thomas Kirkpatrick, production manager at Unique Auto Body, said many of these repairs would be delayed due to a backlog of parts in the industry.

“There are cars that will wait here for 3 to 4 months while waiting for the manufacturer’s parts. Right now in the industry there is more work than the typical year anyway, ”he said. “I think coming out of COVID there are a lot of people who may have chosen not to fix during the toughest times of covid and now they’re all opting for redress.

He says they get a lot of fender benders, but also bigger hits.

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“People who can’t stop and they hit someone else or people who can’t stop and they end up hitting something standing up, be it a sidewalk, a fire hydrant or a light pole, ”said Thomas Kirkpatrick.

Thomas says to go slow, to take your time, because if you break down you could wait a long time to get your car back.

UDOT advises you to try if you can work from home in snowy weather. Otherwise, they advise you to plan your trip, including leaving early to give yourself more time or later to allow more time for the plows to clear the roads.

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