Car repair business booming

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Auto repair shops all over the Tri-State say they're booming with business as people try to keep their cars running longer.

Once again, Carey Jelus is bring his Toyota in for work at Village Auto Repair.

"I bought this car in 1999," said Jelus.

The car has more than 260,000 miles on it, but Carey's not getting rid of it any time soon.

"It's just right now more effective if I just have repairs done, until I see an improvement in the economy," he said.

These days, a lot of people feel that way. Car shops around the Tri-State say the repair business is brisk.

"They're saying, 'hey, if it costs a couple thousand dollars to keep that car running another five or six years, we're going to do it,'" said Steve Kazee with Village Auto Repair.

Steve Kazee says that's a huge change from when he joined Village Auto Repair about 10 years ago.

"You call up somebody with a car over 200,000 miles and you give them a $3,000 bill, you're thinking there's no way they're going to fix this car," he said. "And when they tell you there are, you're kind of shocked but at the same time you're happy."

And that's precisely what Jelus is doing.

"If the economy turns around, car sales will go up and improve, but until things change, I don't think people are going to change," he said. "They're going to be coming to shops. They're going to get the repairs done and hold on to what they've got."

It's one way tough times can be high times for some businesses.