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Car dealerships deal with frigid temps

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The cold weather is creating tedious tasks for many when it comes to cars at dealerships across the state, as they work to manage their entire lots during the colder months. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Alexandra Weishaupt stopped by a Nissan dealership in Kingston where they’re still cleaning-up from the most recent storm.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- “When we get a storm here it’s a whole event. It takes days to clean up,” said Kingston Nissan Owner, Tom Gordon. “It’s actually very costly, it interrupts business, but it’s the way of life in the northeast.”

Employees faced the frigid temps as they sorted through a pile of keys to get the 600 car lot back in order.

“When they forecast a storm we’ll block our cars into a section and then when the snow does come we’ll plow the other places first and then move the cars back,” said Gordon.

But it doesn't stop there, according to Gordon. Workers then cased the area daily and fired up each car two to three times a week to ensure they were passable, presentable and enticing for sale.

“It takes a lot. You gotta keep them clean, you gotta keep them gassed, you gotta have them ready for sale. That’s what people expect and that’s what I would expect,” he added.

And when those buyers stop in to shop around, Gordon said it can be particularly difficult this time of year as workers made sure the car of interest were serviced and warm despite extreme conditions.

“Typically during the winter we'll have a planned route that we ask people that go on test drives on in case there is any problem that we'll know where they're at,” Gordon added.

But there is a light at the end of the frigid winter tunnel, according to Gordon, who said cold temperatures are known to kill older cars, boosting sales at Kingston Nissan.

“Most people that are walking through the doors during these temperatures, they're serious, they're not out here for fun,” said Gordon.

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