A quick search of Switchboard.com, an online telephone directory, listed about 350 collision repair shops in the greater New Orleans area. Those shops will be shut down for months; many will never reopen. At the same time, thousands of automobiles will be deemed total losses due to the flooding. On top of that, thousands of vehicles have been damaged by flying debris and falling trees caused by the hurricane winds. Many people will never return to New Orleans, so when collision repair shops do reopen, they will find themselves short on work. Cars that aren?t declared total losses will probably be repaired in shops outside of the New Orleans area. Body shops in those areas will be busier than normal.
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