Repair Shops Thrive in Recessionary Times

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Carolyn of Luscious Garage

While new car sales plummet throughout the nation, mechanical repair shops are flourishing at an amazing rate. People are keeping their vehicles because they can’t afford new ones, and it’s a gold-rush like boomtown-situation for shops right now.

Drivers are no longer able to put off repairs. When the recession hit late last summer, people delayed fixing their cars. But, now they have to make a major decision—do I fix my car or get a new or used one to replace it? For many, it’s an easy answer. They’re keeping their cars and taking care of overdue maintenance, which is good news for the automotive repair industry.

There are three levels of repair that all drivers should be aware of. First, there’s the “red zone”—these are essential “do or die” repairs that need to be performed immediately. Red zone repairs are a “fix it or park it” proposition. Then, you have what are known as “yellow zone” repairs—things that should be done within the next few months to avoid bigger problems down the road. And lastly, you have “green zone” repairs—those are the ones you can hold off for about 6-8 months. They’re not pressing, but you better address them at some point.

As these needed repairs stack up, drivers are flocking to shops throughout the country, and car counts at shops are growing. I talked to several shops this past week, and many of them told me that they’re doing more business than ever. It’s a great time for this segment of the industry and it should only get better!


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Sputtering economy has auto repair businesses racing

For decades, automotive repair has been seen as a grease-stained poor relation of the dollar-laden sales segment in the auto industry.

As new-car sales have plunged along with consumer confidence, more people are spending to keep their current cars running. Auto service and repair arguably have become the lifeblood of the industry.

Dealership service/repair operations, independent auto shops and businesses that cater to do-it-yourself mechanics all are doing well. At most local dealerships, service/repair operations are now the primary money-makers.

Read the full article on The Detroit News

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