Customers pack auto shops after winter storm


With the polar vortex now a thing of the past in Central Indiana, the thaw is underway.

That's also revealing more potholes around Central Indiana from the main roads to alley ways and the interstates.

With people finally able to get out of their homes, auto shops filled up fast with appointments Saturday.

"There was a sharp jolt in the car," said Al Short. He had all four of his tires replaced at Tire Barn.

"There's some chipping on the rims and it's leaking air out and I keep pumping it up," he said.

It has been a long-lasting headache from a split-second impact.

"With the weather and the visibility and the roads the way they are, that's what happened," he said.

It's a situation that's been reported over and over the past few days.

"This is our busiest time of the year. It's just tires all day long," said Jeff Wagner with Tire Barn.

Workers have been swamped fixing problems, but the business actually needed it's own fix this week.

"After it snowed on Sunday, we lost power and our air lines froze and our compressors froze. So we had to call IPL and have power restored and turn the heaters on and thaw the building out," Wagner said.

That closed the business until Thursday. Since then,it's been a steady rush of people like Al Short.

"It's frustrating, it's a lot of expense," he said.

To report potholes or to see a list around central Indiana, click here.