As the economy slips farther into a recession and people keep their purse strings tight, less people are buying new cars and more people are fixing up older ones.
U.S. auto sales dropped 18 percent in 2008 and 2009 is not supposed to get much better for the automakers. Rodney Snider with Scotty's says he's seen the proof; more people are bringing in older cars to fix them up. Snider says his customers want to make sure that the car is safe: Fixing or replacing the brakes, tires, and the exhaust and getting a tune-up. Hugh Phillips with Safari Limited has noticed a similar trend, "we've seen everything from the 60's to new cars, but the majority we see are 10 to 15 years old."
Both shop owners say they've noticed customers on a tight budget, customers that are concerned with the inside workings of the car instead of its appearance. Snider stresses that his customers generally fix up that old beater to tool around town in, not to drive to Denver in.