Fresno residents repairing, rather than replacing, consumer goods

With money tighter than ever, many people would rather fix than replace their cars, washing machines or stoves. And that has kept some repair shops in business through the recession.

The Fresno Foreign Automotive Center in downtown Fresno, for instance, is replacing the engine in a 1999 Saturn for a customer who preferred not to buy a new car for his son, said shop owner Paul Schlichting.

Work like that has kept the repair shop bustling.

"They know a new car is still expensive, even with the Cash for Clunkers," he said. "It just seems like they want to keep them longer."

Not all repair businesses are seeing a benefit, in part because some people are too broke even to afford repairs.

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