Recession Lifts Auto Repair Shops

People aim to keep cars running rather than buy new ones
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 17, 2009 7:16 AM CDT
The recession seems to be helping auto mechanics.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – For car mechanics, the recession has its perks: Americans are flocking to repair shops to ensure their vehicles run longer in tough times, CNNMoney reports. Automotive Service Association members have seen a 16% boost in sales compared to last year. “In relative terms, that $1,000 repair to keep a $2,500 car running may be an attractive alternative” to buying a new car, said the group’s president.