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Pity the idle repo man as economy improves

Business stalled with fewer cars to tow

9:55 PM, Feb. 22, 2013
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With the economy on the upsurge, it's a tough time to be a repo man.

More car buyers are keeping up with auto payments or coming up with cash if the repo man or woman shows up in a driveway. As a result, fewer vehicles are being hooked up for a tow to the impound yard.

An estimated 1.3 million vehicles were repossessed last year, the lowest tally in 12 years, said Manheim Consulting. That's down 31.8 percent from the recessionary peak year of 2009. ...

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