Monday, 28 July 2008 09:54

Dallas Body Shops Compared to Salvage Yards

The shops along Fort Worth Avenue in north Oak Cliff, Dallas, are supposed to be the type of businesses where customers can take their cars for repair, but some say they act more like illegal salvage yards.

Just west of downtown Dallas is where the dozens of repair and body shops sit.

According to city officials many of the shops aren't being 'good neighbors'. "Basically we want the operators to adhere to the certificates of occupancy that they do have ad also to clean up the other violations that we noted," said Jimmy Martin with Dallas Code Compliance.

Now the city is cracking down on auto body and repair shops that are breaking the law and some local residents say that won't be hard.

"The neighbors have to watch just a stream of wreckers bringing in these cars and they leave them sitting on the street," said Deborah Carpenter with the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group.

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