Auto repair shops once again busy after snow storm

Traffic was bumper-to-bumper on eastbound 6th Avenue heading into Denver on Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo: Twitter / @WxTrackerDaryl)

Traffic was bumper-to-bumper on eastbound 6th Avenue heading into Denver on Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo: Twitter / @WxTrackerDaryl)

DENVER — Whether it’s distracted driving or just not taking it slow enough, snow and ice keep drivers on edge, and auto body repair shops, in business.

Denver Auto Body & Paint on Colfax sees about 150 cars each month. Manager Jerime Monroe said there’s certainly an uptick during winter storms and the damage they do see, is more significant.

“Suspension damage,” Monroe said. “The most common damage we see is people trying to take a corner and they hit it.”

That kind of damage, he said, can cost a couple thousand dollars to repair. Monroe said it’s all makes and models. Four-wheel drive doesn’t mean full protection.

“I would say generally, the four-wheel drive vehicles tend to have more front end damage,” Monroe said.

Mike Aleman travels a lot for work. He said conditions, like Tuesday, make his job more difficult.

“I’m never in a rush to get to where I got to get to. I just take my time. I’ll get there. It’s not worth to get into some kind of wreck,” Aleman said.

He was dropping off a vehicle to get fixed at Denver Auto Body & Paint. He says he wasn’t the one in the initial accident and is hoping he can steer clear of any problems over the next few days.

“Absolutely, with weather like this, there’s going to be an accident, obviously. I just hope we’re not the ones on the receiving end,” Aleman said.

Denver Police said that from 3:30 p.m. Monday to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 100 fender benders were reported and about ten other accidents had injuries.