Rainy days bring good business for workshops
JOHOR BARU: The current rainy season has seen workshops here dealing with an increasing number of vehicles involved in accidents.
Afiq Azri Mohd Abdul Salam Subrayar, 27, an auto shop owner in Pasir Gudang, said he worked on nearly 20 cars involved in accidents last month, including those that were totally written off.
“There is an increase of around 30% in the number of cars I attend that lead to accidents. While most suffered minor damage, there were a few cases of “total loss”.
“However, so far I have yet to deal with any cases involving serious injury or death,” he told The Star when contacted here.
Afiq Azri said most of the cases involved cars hitting the back of another vehicle or cars skidding on the side of the road.
“Most minor accidents happen during traffic jams, especially when it rains heavily. It’s common for people to hit the back of another vehicle at such times, but usually the damage won’t be too severe as the cars are moving slowly.
“The most serious accidents are those involving cars that have skidded on the side of the road or those that have rolled over several times due to slippery roads.
“In such cases, the car was usually driving at high speed.
“It could lead to quite serious damage, including total loss, to the cars involved,” he said, adding that poor quality tires could increase the risk of such incidents.
Chu Fong Wee, manager of a car workshop in Johor Baru, said there had been an increase of around 20% in the number of cars her team had worked on since August.
“The rainy season started about two months ago, and since then there seems to be an increase in the number of cars involved in accidents that we have seen,” the 56-year-old said.
“It is quite normal to see such an increase during the rainy season, but this year we are facing problems such as lack of manpower and shortage of spare parts.
“As such, it takes us longer to repair vehicles.
“It could even take us up to a month to fix a car if we can’t get the spare parts,” she said.
Chu added that she had to ask customers to make appointments to meet the demand.
“If the damage is so bad that the car can’t move, we’ll deal with that first, but if the car can still move, we’ll tell our client to make an appointment,” she said.
Chu also said she now has less than 10 workers, compared to between 15 and 20 workers before.
Mechanic Jumadi Ismail, 61, said he had dealt with around five cars involved in crashes in the past week alone.
“However, most were for minor damage that could be repaired within days or the same day,” he said.
“I have also witnessed some cars that could not move after being submerged in water due to flash flooding. I expect such cases to increase in the coming weeks.