Busted rims keep local automotive shop busy

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Drivers across Spokane are turning to an old technique to fix new vehicles ruined by potholes. Drivers have been going to Watts Automotive for more than one century.

Employees said business increases in the winter because Watts specializes in fixing bent rims.

“Right now it's just crazy busy, said Watts Automotive Owner Duane Little, “we're always running behind." 

Employees work on about 40 vehicles each week according to Little. He said employees typically fix about 90% of the damaged rims using a press.

"It's a little bit of an art. It's hard to teach somebody how to straighten a wheel, said Little, “you kind of have to get in there and do it over and over again."

Little began working at Watts 23 years ago but said the process to fixing rims has not changed much. He said the Watts’ technique dates back to World War II.

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