Local service shops see crush after first major snowfall of the season

Technicians work to mount winter tires at the Fort St. John Fountain Tire. Photo by Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Amidst the Ned Stark ‘Winter is Coming’ memes, photos of fallen branches and snowmen popping up on social media this past weekend, there was a massive shortage of spaces in local area service garages.

With Environment Canada issuing a snowfall warning on Friday morning, local tire shops and car dealerships had their phones ringing off the hook as motorists frantically hoped to win the race against Mother Nature and Father Time. Fort St. John Fountain Tire owner Shawn Alyward says that business started picking up on Thursday and Friday, and since then the shop, which runs on a first come, first served basis has been busy ever since.

According to owner Shawn Alyward, around 90% of the cars parked waiting to be serviced at Fountain Tire are there for winter tires. Photo by Chris Newton
According to owner Shawn Alyward, around 90% of the cars parked waiting to be serviced at Fountain Tire are there for winter tires. Photo by Chris Newton

“We’re realistically only about a day behind,’ said Alyward. “I’ve done appointments in the past and we end up being two, three weeks behind… With a first come, first served basis it makes things a little easier.”

Indeed, calls to other area tire shops in Fort St. John that take appointments show that the soonest available booking can be had no sooner than October 12th, with others not booking until the 18th. Others that operate on a first come, first served basis are also sitting around one day behind.

In addition to tire shops, area dealerships are also seeing a large increase in bookings. According to Revolution Honda service rep. Karrie Ferris, “as soon as the snowfall warning hit on Facebook… our phones blew up, it was like a mad panic.” Ferris added that theie service garage is booked up until October 11th, adding “the majority of our appointments right now are mount and balances, and tire swaps.”