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Winter storm creates busy situation for Auto Body Shops

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Most people would think a bunch of wrecked cars as a dream come true for an auto body shop. But last weeks snow storm is leaving them overwhelmed.

The lot at Son Shine collision services in Kennewick is lined with wrecked cars. Common damage includes smashed out windows crumpled fenders and hoods and wheels knocked off their axles.

As more cars come in a big problem has been getting parts to move them out,"sometimes you're up to 4 to 6 weeks backlog. So, somebody can conceivably bring their car in and it would be 2 months before they get it back," Mike Barrett of Son Shine Collision Services.

Management adds a two month wait is rare and they try to move cars out as soon as possible because of insurance companies.

However, in the weeks and months ahead they anticipate even more cars. This time from people with cars they can drive with minor damage.

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