Auto garages make hay after the rains

DUBAI & SHARJAH — The rains that lashed most of the emirates might have hit the people hard, but for auto repair workshops it was booming business.

By Joy Sengupta And Afkar Abdullah (Our staff reporters)

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Published: Sat 19 Jan 2008, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:53 PM

According to the mechanics, there has been a huge rush in the garages for the past couple of days, and they expected more vehicles in the coming days.

Hussain Askari, a mechanic in the Al Dhar Auto Garage in the Al Ghusais area, said, “On an average, there are more than 40 to 50 vehicles coming to us everyday. On Wednesday, we received at least 40 vehicles between 10am and 3pm. The rains have damaged the wiring system of most of these vehicles as people had to drive through inundated streets. Our hands are full and we had to refuse quite a few of them as there was no place to keep the cars.”

The mechanics added that they were also being approached by people who wanted them to go along with them.

“There were so many motorists who requested us to go with them. And they were ready to pay any amount. On Tuesday, we had to refuse at least 20 people who wanted us to come along as their cars got stuck in water-logged areas. We are working until late in the evening to ensure that the work is done fast. But more vehicles are piling up everyday,” added Atiq Ur Rehman, another mechanic working at the Tariq Auto Works in Sharjah.

The mechanics added that most of the damage was related to electric short circuit and water entering the engines.

“Most of the vehicles have been stuck due to short circuits in the different electric connections in the vehicles due to the water. In some vehicles, water had somehow entered the engines. Also we have cases were the airbag of the car has been damaged,” they said.

Samir Hasan of the Gastat Auto Workshop and Garage in the Sharjah Industrial Area said he was expecting a lot of vehicles. “We are expecting a lot of vehicles. Now that it has stopped raining and the conditions are improving in the industrial area, people will come with their vehicles. The cars like BMW and Mercedes have complained about their computer and navigation system getting a hit because of the rains.”

“On Tuesday, my car got stuck on the Business Bay Bridge and I had to rush to a mechanic. His shop was a few minutes’ away from the spot. The man asked for a whopping Dh500 just to go to the spot. All my requests were unheard as he was adamant, remarked Sannaullah, a Pakistani national.

“Ultimately, I had to leave my vehicle and return the following day with a towing vehicle,” Sannaullah added.

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