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Last-minute car winter prep keeps Rochester repair shops busy

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Many car owners are scrambling to local auto shops for help with their cars. The low temperatures are driving up business at Scotty’s Automotive in Rochester. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Temperatures are expected to take an even lower plunge by the end of this week. It may not get above zero come Friday.

Many car owners are scrambling to local auto shops for help with their cars. The low temperatures are driving up business at Scotty’s Automotive in Rochester.

Paul Coonelly, the owner of Scotty's Automotive, said his shop is full of cars. He’s checking each one to make sure they are ready for this week’s cold weather.

“Winterizing your car, again it happens at this time every year, especially with the temperatures getting colder,” said Coonelly.

He said these temperatures could cause your car battery to die by taking the power right out of the batteries cells.

George McVey says he left his car idle for a few days and then it wouldn’t start.

“That’s what got me off of my duff to come here today and get a new battery and have the car checked,” McVey said.

Another helpful tip: Make sure you warm up your car for about 10 to 15 minutes before you head out on the road.

Coonelly said this will help warm up your engine.

"Have a box in your trunk, a blanket, maybe a power bar, so if something happens like what happened in Buffalo and you’re stuck in traffic for hours on end, you have an extra blanket," Coonelly said.

People are bracing themselves for the even colder temperatures in the upcoming days.

“It’s cold, it feels like winter,” said Anne Jack.

She said her car is packed with the essentials needed in the winter time.

“With this car, we try to make sure it has gas, that the windshield wiper fluid is there and the anti-freeze and get it checked out," she said.

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