NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- What a winter it was for Americans living (mostly) above the Mason-Dixon line.
Snow, sleet, wind and freezing temperatures took their toll on the nation and, worse, carried a serious case of sticker shock from vehicle damage.
Ebay Motors emphasizes that with a new report saying 34% of Americans are using $1,000 worth of their tax refunds to fix winter-related vehicle damage.
Most of that tax refund cash is going toward wheels and tire fixes (54%), brakes (36%) and batteries (20%).
According to eBay, more than half of all survey respondents who say they are plowing tax refund money into car repairs and maintenance live in the Midwest and Northeast areas particularly hard hit by the hard winter.
"After a particularly brutal winter, it's no surprise that drivers are investing into their vehicles to either address damage caused by the weather or to better prepare for the next winter storm," says Bryan Murphy, director of eBay Motors. "We traditionally see activity on eBay Motors rise during tax season, as drivers have additional funds to shop to make repairs, maintain or accessorize their vehicles or to buy a new or used vehicle."
If you're about to drop your car, truck or SUV off at a repair ship, make sure you protect yourself against getting ripped off. Sure, most shops are on the level, but there are those out there looking to take advantage of you.