February 13, 2009 4:29 PM

Economy wrecks car dealers, but car-repair shops cruise

During the ongoing "Great Recession," consumers are patronizing local garages to keep their wheels running longer rather heading to showrooms to replace them. The shift is most dramatic in hard-hit communities in Florida and California, but it also varies by type of repair. Shops that specialize in must-do work, such as brake jobs, are doing better than body shops.

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