Phones have been ringing off the hook in Texas and Florida, with people scrambling to find engines for their cars, with such high demand those calls had made their way to Fairport.
“Calls doubled and I was like, ‘Wow, we got to do something about it because people call us like what we do’,” said Craig Smith with AIW Engines and Transmissions.
Smith says they’ve had to call on more workers to man the phones.
Their corporate office is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
But with the nonstop orders, more help was needed to fill them.
“Actually right now we have one of our reps down in Houston talking to shops to get them back up, so we can send the engines but some of the shops are still not open, they’re still underwater,” said Smith.
He says they get emailed quotes daily and, just yesterday, they received ninety quotes, all from people looking for engines. And he expects the calls will only be increasing over the next couple of weeks.
“They’re worried about their house first because the house is the most expensive thing and the car is the second most expensive thing you buy. So, if they get done taking care of their house, we’ll help them out,” said Smith.
But he says they are already preparing.
“We hired more production and they’re working overtime to build more engines just in case,” said Smith.
Smith is urging people against buying used engines. If you are looking for one, he recommends calling first to get educated, as the risk of the engine being damaged is much higher than usual.