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Sales Revving up at Some Auto Parts Stores

By Al Pefley email

Riviera Beach, FL (WFLX)

With the economy in a slump, it looks like one type of business is enjoying success.

We're talking about auto parts stores.

New figures just released show some are doing well, at a  time when other businesses are closing left and right.

At a NAPA Auto Parts store in Riviera Beach, this marks their 50th year in business.

Bill Bryan and his brother have been running this store for years, after their dad opened at this same location back in 1959.

He says the economy has hurt them a little, but not very much.

Their sales of auto parts are down maybe ten-percent or so from last year at this time. "We have slowed down somewhat. We're doing pretty good, we're holding our own, Bryan said.

Bryan says they're seeing more and more people coming in to get parts to repair their car, so they can make it last as long as possible.  People like one man from Jupiter,  who came in to get some parts for his Ford pick up.  "It costs so much for a new one, it's time to hold back and keep a little money aside and as long as they're in good shape and running good it's better to fix 'em than buy a new one right now," said NAPA customer Steve Holmes.

"We are seeing a little bit of an increase in people coming in and doing their own stuff," Bryan explained. 

Another big name in the auto parts field, Autozone, is enjoying even bigger success lately. Autozone says its sales nationwide rose more than eight percent in the quarter that just ended.  And they plan to open nearly 30 new stores. Company officials say gas prices are cheaper so people are driving  more and buying parts to fix their own cars.

Back at NAPA in Riviera Beach, meanwhile, they say if people do their own car repairs to save a nickel or two, they need to be careful.  "It's good for us cause we sell more parts. But it can cause them a lot more trouble cause people try to work on cars that they shouldn't be messin' with. They get into trouble that way too," Bryan said.

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