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Repair shops booming as more people keep their old cars

Gary Childs checks under the hood of a car Friday at his repair shop in Wilton. Childs said business has been very good lately at his shop.
Photographer: Bruce Squiers
Gary Childs checks under the hood of a car Friday at his repair shop in Wilton. Childs said business has been very good lately at his shop.
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The owners of auto repair shops say business is booming because people are fixing up their old cars rather than buy new in a weak economy. Jim Legnante, owner of Jim’s Ballston Citgo on Route 50 in Ballston Spa, said he and his five mechanics are keeping very busy and he doesn’t expect the trend to change any time soon. “I’ve been in business almost 40 years and I find that whenever there is a ...


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Johnny
January 10, 2009
11:38 a.m.

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At least some businesses are holding up. Tough times indeed. I do declare that "The 60 Inch Big Screen TV Has Ruined America." We have become a gluttonous nation that had to keep up with the Jones' even if that meant spending way beyond our means. Gotta get the new car every two years; gotta have the 60 inch plasma HDTV; gotta rent a house on Cape Cod every summer; gotta buy the latest cell phones, blackberries even though it doesn't help me in my profession anymore than the old phone did; gotta send my kid to the private college so he can major in social work and make $30,000 rather than go to SUNY at a fraction of the cost. On paper, you look good, but now, you don't. How did this happen? Why did we let it happen?

Now, we are regulating are economy. The fringe stores and luxury stores will go away and the economy will adjust itself. I hope that people will continue to think and realize that they don't need everything to feel good about themselves.

But, I'm sure after the economy rebounds, people will spend it even if they don't have it. History always repeats itself.

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