Businesses Bustling In Cold Weather

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DES MOINES, Iowa– Slick roads are responsible for hundreds of crashes this weekend. The Iowa State Patrol responded to more than 200 crashes, four of them deadly.

Des Moines Police were called to another 140 crashes and many of those involved are now calling area body shops.

“When you have bad weather, even the most cautious drivers can have accidents so that kind of accumulates to being a busier and more work for the shop,” said Scotty Buchanan Jr. at Scotty’s Body Shop.

There is no shortage of weather related damage sitting on the floor of the shop. This week, Buchanan expects even more dinged and dented cars, trucks and SUV’s to be driven or towed onto the lot.

The icy conditions are keeping some drivers from even getting behind the wheel.

“My battery died and I haven’t been to work in two days,” said Wanda Nystrom.

The cold zapped her car battery and she needed a new one fast. With some help from the folks at O’Reilly Auto Parts, she’s back on the road.

“More than likely when it’s negative 11 and 6 degrees you’re going to have some type of complication with your battery,” said O’Reilly employee Dominique Smith.

In the last 24 hours, dozens of dead batteries were swapped out at the store on SE 14th. Jumper cables were also a popular buy this weekend. They are cheaper than a new battery which could set up back anywhere from $100 to $150.

Smith says the warranty on most batteries is three years, but with proper care, they should last longer.