Local mechanics prosper in recession

By: Coleman Swierc - email / bio

Darien Allred's story doesn't seem possible.

"The economy here is actually causing more cars and more work to come in," said Allred.

As car manufaturers ask for billions in Washington, the local mechanic, can hardly keep up.

"I did actually hire two people last month, and I need to continue hiring."

The current recession has caused consumers to bypass buying, and focus on fixing, just wanting their vehicle, to last a bit longer.

Alfred Gonzales is one of those people, he drove in from Houston, just to see a good mechanic.

"It is a struggle," said Gonzales, as Allred serviced his vehicle.

Gonzales continued, "I know a lot of people who are doing the same thing, and they are just trying to get by until they can buy a new one."

"What we saw were the older cars coming in, something I have never seen before, just trying to keep them repaired," said Allred.

And keeping your car alive and well has turned into big business, even in a bad economy for those who wield the mighty wrench.

"The economy has affected up dramatically," Allred stated, "it did take a toll on us in October through December, but here in the past 3 weeks, it has literally doubled on us."

But his shop is not unique to the situation, Allred says mechanics all over, are benefiting from the down economy.

"I recognize what it does to the automotive industry, it makes us, the repairmen, pick up."