The first thing you’ll notice about an old-school automotive repair shop is the vintage paint, and even the old, worn wheels.
But don’t mistake these for a vintage shop – these are old-world, old-time-y things.
We’ll be telling you about the best of the best in this week’s article.
Read moreRead more”I’ve never had a problem, it’s just the paint I’ve had problems with,” said one of the owners of Nail Shop Repair, a vintage-themed nail shop in Sydney’s CBD.
“It’s been a long time and it’s getting worse and worse,” he said.
The store has been in business for nearly 50 years.
The owner, who asked not to be named, said the first sign of trouble came when his shop got a letter from the city’s Department of Transport about its licence being revoked for not having a permit to repair motor vehicles.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Services had told Nail shop that the shop had failed to provide the required documentation, and therefore the department was considering removing the shop’s licence.
“The problem with the paint was a big issue.
I couldn’t find anything,” he told news.com.au.”
I couldn’t put a dent in the car because the car had been sitting in the shop for so long.”
He said the paint had taken a few coats and it was still pretty thick and the paint wasn’t as smooth as it used to be.
The owner said he’d been thinking about the paint issue since before the city gave its letter of revocation to the shop, and he thought it was time to take the shop out of business.
“What’s the best thing that can be done for the car?
What can we do?” he said, pointing to the rusty wheel.”
There are lots of people who are having a hard time getting their cars fixed, but they’re just as bad as me.”
People have to start to recognise that there are problems with their car and they’re a huge problem in the city.
“If it’s a brand new car, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be as good as a brand-new car, and there’s no way to fix a broken part.”
The owners said they weren’t worried about the letter of the revocation, but had to take it seriously.
“When the letter comes in, I can’t even say to myself, ‘I don’t understand why they’re going to revoke the licence, I’m going to have to do something about this,'” he said.
“The owner of Nailshop Repair said it was a difficult decision to make, but he did have to make a decision.”
One of the biggest decisions was to close the shop because I can see there are people out there that can’t afford to pay the bills.
“And then to make sure that the car’s a safe vehicle, I need to do the same thing,” he explained.
“But the best part is that it’s been so long that we’ve been able to make the car look brand new.”
Read moreThe owner didn’t want to say how many cars his shop had, but said it had been a hit with the locals.
“A lot of people come and say, ‘What’s that?
That’s a new car’,” he said with a laugh.”
Everyone’s been really helpful and has offered us some kind of assistance.”
The shop’s owner said the new owner had been very generous and even offered him a free car for a few weeks.
He said he had also made a few repairs to his own car, but the car hadn’t been a total success.
“He was the first one to do it, but I’ve only done it twice now,” he laughed.