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Tow Companies Working Overtime in Cold Weather

Created: 01/06/2014 10:50 PM KAALtv.com
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- These temperatures aren't just dangerous for us, they've been downright brutal to our vehicles. Towing companies told us they've never had so many calls for people in need of a jump.

With temps this cold, there was a common sound heard throughout the streets.

"Cars just aren't starting, they are sitting outside, its 25 below and the batteries are too low," said Virgil’s Auto and Towing manager Bruce Nelson.

Virgil’s Auto and Towing has been beyond bust jumping and towing cars.

"We're four hours behind and we have every truck we've got out there starting cars right now," said Nelson.

We spoke with one driver who had to wait more than 4 hours for a tow truck. The problem is, it's so cold it's taking much longer to jump the cars.

"I went out to start my car and it wouldn't start, so I tried to jump it and it still wouldn't start," said Anthony Liss.

For Anthony Liss is was clear jumper cables weren’t going to do the job.

"I had one of my co-workers take me to get a new battery," said Liss.

And he's not alone.

"We've definitely had issues keeping batteries stocked, I have a couple pallets in the back," said AutoZone’s store manager Daniel Rosas.

Rosas says a new battery is key.

"If they are older the vapor has leaked out or they even freeze up because temperatures are that cold," said Rosas.

It seems parking in a garage is the only safe bet to making sure your car will start, because with weather this cold no vehicle is immune.

"We haven't seen weather like this in 20 years, we just have to try and keep those cars warm," said Nelson.

Many of the auto parts stores that do not have garages are not doing their typical battery installs right now because it is just too cold. AutoZone told us they will do the installs as long as they aren't too difficult.