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Madison car washes, auto body shops busy due to weather

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 --- 4:00 p.m.

Shirena Lando isn't diligent about getting her car washed regularly. But when she does, she says it sure feels nice. "Times like this when the weather does break, I take the opportunity to get it all refreshed."

Like many of the folks at the Octopus car wash on Park Street Saturday, Lando says she's there because the temperature finally reached above freezing.

"That definitely brings my spirits up a little bit. So since I am out enjoying the weather, I'd like my car to get fresh and shiny and enjoy it as well," Lando said.

"We get a lot of people, even if the cars are still going to get dirty when they leave. They want to get a couple layers of the salt off so we probably did about 70-80 cars this morning already," said Octopus asst. manager Damion Ditsch.

Over at Maaco auto body repair shop on Pflaum Rd., business was also steady Saturday morning, but for a different reason. "We had a number of customers at the door, waiting for estimates as a result of last night's ice," said owner Mike Moser.

Moser's employees worked on a half dozen or so collision-related estimates in a three-hour period.

"That's way above average," he said.

Moser advises drivers: Try to stay off the roads in bad weather, don't wait to get loose bumpers or cracked headlights checked out, and clean your cars on a weekly basis during the winter--as long as it's not too cold out.

"The salt is still the worst thing in the world as far as your car, as far as the longevity of the sheet metal parts of your car," Moser said.

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