Auto dealers in the Buffalo, N.Y., region are reopening this week after digging out from the massive snowstorm that dumped up to 7 feet of snow in some areas.
Out of the 134 dealers in the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, 35 new-car dealerships were forced to close by the storm. They are back open today, but many will need inspections for roof damage, the association’s president Paul Stasiak said.
Meanwhile, Ford Motor Co.’s Buffalo Stamping Plant resumed operations over the weekend after suspending operations because of impassable roads.
“Operations at Buffalo Stamping are back up and the roof is fine,” Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski said.
But some area dealerships are still struggling with the storms’ damage. Towne Auto Group’s Ford, Lincoln, Hyundai and Mazda stores in Orchard Park, N.Y., near Buffalo, were closed Tuesday to Saturday. Hundreds of cars at the main lot in Orchard Park have been dug out and are available for customers, but there are still 500 cars buried in the back lot. Many have been damaged by snow plows.