Buffalo-based Carubba Collision, an auto body repair chain with seven locations in the Buffalo area as well others in Jamestown and Syracuse, is looking to set up a new location in the Town of Horseheads.
The company’s decision, which is still being left to vote by the Town of Horseheads Board of Appeals and Chemung County Planning Board, has other auto repair shop owners in the area worried.
Two area auto shop owners who spoke to 18 News on Tuesday cite Carubba Collision’s strong ties with insurance companies, like Geico, as to why they and other small shop owners in the area are worried.
“Even though they (customers) have a choice to where it’s going to be repaired, these insurance companies push them to hard to the shops and it’s to their benefit financially. There’s going to be a big savings on the repairs if they get them to use their shops,” said Scott Cornell, the owner of Scott’s Collision and Body Repair in Horseheads.
“Our business has been around for a while. We’ll keep going but we’ll feel it. They’ll probably take a couple of insurance companies away so we’ll have to make up for it somewhere else,” said Thomas Knapp, the owner of Knappy’s Auto Body in Horseheads.
Tonight, auto repair shop owners, like Cornell and Knapp, are attending the Town of Horseheads Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to voice their concerns should Carubba Collision get the ‘OK’ to set up a location in Horseheads.
18 News reached out to Carubba Collision on a response to the concerns, we are scheduled to speak to them on Wednesday.