New car or constant repair? Local auto shop weighs in

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)– As vehicle rates rise, Southern New Englanders are stuck between buying a new car or bearing long waits for expensive repairs.

Chris L’Europa, owner of L’Europa Auto Repair in North Providence, says his customers aren’t willing to ditch their cars so quick nowadays.

“That hasn’t happened over the last couple years,” said L’Europa. “People have been coming here and actually spending $1,000 or $2,000 into their vehicle instead of going out and getting a $40,000-$50,000 car.”

The North Providence shop handles 125 cars between only two mechanics.

L’Europa credits this for the backlog in appointments, saying, “It’s always been difficult. But it’s especially difficult lately. Now that the car is worth more, it is actually worth putting a $1,000 or $2,000 into it.”

He suggests scheduling an appointment each 5,000 miles ahead of time to beat the business.

L’Europa finished, “It’s easier on the pocketbook if you come in on a regular basis, and not leave with a giant list and just keep adding to it. Cars don’t heal– they just keep breaking.”

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