Cold weather takes toll on vehicles

Towing companies, auto centers profit

INDIANAPOLIS - The snow and frigid temperatures have taken a toll on Hoosier vehicles.

Cars that had been hibernating for several days underneath a blanket of snow and ice may have been reluctant to start Tuesday morning.

That caused aggravation and made people late for work, but it meant good business for towing companies and auto supply stores.

All across the city there was battery failure which led many car owners to the battery stores.

The manager at Sears Auto Center at Washington Square said he expected to sell 150 to 200 batteries over the next few days.

"We have probably 500 in stock, more than enough. The average cost is $120 to $124, in that neighborhood," Tom Schofleld said.

Nathaniel Spates’ battery didn't have enough juice left to contend with the frigid temperatures, but the new one that was delivered to his backup vehicle promised to get the job done.

"Got me just what I needed...I thought it was good for the winter," Spates said.

Towing companies were also busy around town helping pull out vehicles that were stuck or had flat tires.

Mark Patton with M & P Towing said he is doing more towing business than he has in 30 years. He hopes to expand his business with the money he is making.

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