Cold Killing Car Batteries
Local businesses benefit
While these cold temperatures may be taking their toll on your home or car, some businesses are reaping the benefits.
If you have an older car battery, chances are these cold temperatures killed it. Batteries Plus is just one business getting a financial leg up when the temperatures go down.
As the mercury drops, Batteries Plus employees get more efficient at changing out car batteries, in part because there are so many more orders.
Managers say they’ve seen quite a boost in business, with about 70 people per day looking for more juice.
The shelves won’t be bare for long – the store has an order for 11 tons of batteries, which managers expect will only last about six weeks if the cold spell continues.
At the downtown Army Navy Store, managers say they’re seeing more people who are ready to spend their cold, hard cash to keep warm. The Coast Guard was there stocking up on extra-warm gear to send to the North Slope, but it’s ill-equipped out-of-towners who are also bleeding green when the temperature drops.
So if it’s buying clothes to keep toasty or spending the extra dough to ensure your car works, people in Anchorage are shelling out at these sub-zero temps, whether they want to or not.
It’s not just Batteries Plus here that’s seeing an impact with the cold weather. We also talked to cab drivers today who say they’ve been very busy shuttling people to and from their homes because of dead car batteries.