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Car parts cars car parts cars cars car Parts Denver, Colorado (CNN)A few months ago, when I visited the car parts den in downtown Denver, I was met with a scene of disrepair and disarray.
There was an entire collection of rusty, old, battered and damaged cars.
The paint job was dirty and a few were covered in graffiti.
The shop owner told me that he had been out of business for more than a decade.
“I’ve lost a lot of customers,” he said.
I asked him how much of the cars were still in operation.
“It’s more than 50%,” he answered.
That’s when I remembered my own experience as a car part salesman and wondered how many cars were actually used in automotive repair shops around the world.
“You know, I’ve seen people come in here, ask for parts and we’ll give them a call, and they’ve probably spent hundreds of dollars,” he told me.
“Then they get their car and they drive away.”
I decided to look into it.
I contacted the owner and he gave me his contact information and phone number.
I got in touch with his mechanic, and he took me to the repair shop where the cars had been repaired.
“I told him, ‘I know this car is in need of a new headlight,'” the mechanic told me, and explained how the car had been repainted several times since I first visited in the late 1990s.
“We did the engine bay and everything.
We didn’t have to do a whole lot, just paint over the paint.”
The car had previously been repaired by a local mechanic, who, he told my story, had been using the old car’s engine bay as a “toy shop.”
“It’s a very old car, it’s been in a lot,” the mechanic said, “and he’s not a professional mechanic.
He just uses it for a fun ride.”
When I told him I needed a headlight, he said he was able to find it for me at a nearby auto parts store.
He explained how he was only able to repair a few cars, but he had worked with some of the owners of the older cars to get them to start driving again.
I was skeptical about the repair, but the mechanic was kind enough to talk me through the procedure.
I went ahead and picked out a new one and he started repairing it.
I was blown away by the repair.
I’d been looking for the headlight for a while, but I’d never had one in my car.
After he started working on it, I called him up and said I needed one.
“That’s a little bit of a pain in the butt,” he admitted.
“But it’s worth it.”
The mechanic said the repair was so simple, it took only about five minutes to complete.
The first thing the mechanic did was take the car to a local automotive parts shop.
They had one of the most comprehensive sets of parts I’ve ever seen.
The car was parked outside and the shop had just installed new headlights.
I drove the car back to the shop, where the mechanics set up a few things for me to do.
I asked the mechanic how long it took to repair the car.
He said about four hours, but when I asked how many of them there were, he was hesitant to say.
“A lot of them,” he agreed.
I thought that might be a little much.
“OK, I’ll go ahead and say four,” I said, and we began to make the car’s new headlights in the shop.
The shop was a tiny shop with only a few chairs and a counter, and the owner was the only one who could see me at all.
When I got home, I realized I hadn’t really spoken to the mechanic, since I’d only just left.
The next morning, I asked if he was still working on the car and he said, “Yeah, I’m doing all the stuff I was doing before.”
I told the mechanic I needed to get the new headlights on the new car.
I took him aside and explained the situation.
“Are you sure this is OK?” he asked.
“This car needs new headlights,” I replied.
“You don’t want to get it fixed without them.”
He said that was true, but that he needed the headlights on the old one.
We got the new headlights and the mechanic went back to work.
Within a week, the new lights were installed. I